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mad·ness

(mad'nes), This imprecise and outmoded word is best avoided in medical speech and writing. Negative or pejorative connotations may render it offensive in some contexts.
The state of being mad.

madness

Neurology
See Megaloblastic madness.
 
Psychiatry
(1) A poetic (i.e., nonmedical) term for severe mental illness.
(2) An antiquated, non-specific term for any mental illness, including psychoses or neuroses, of any degree and state of decompensation.
 
Vox populi
Wild and crazy or disinhibited activity.

madness

see mania.
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