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schizophrenia characterized predominantly by delusions of persecution and megalomania.
a form of schizophrenia characterized by persistent preoccupation with illogical, absurd, and changeable delusions, usually of a persecutory, grandiose, or jealous nature, accompanied by related hallucinations. The symptoms include extreme anxiety, exaggerated suspiciousness, aggressiveness, anger, argumentativeness, and hostility, which may lead to violence. Formerly called heboid paranoia. Compare paranoia. See also schizophrenia.
paranoid schizophreniaDSM 295.30 Psychiatry A type of schizophrenia associated with feelings of being persecuted or plotted against. Affected individuals may have grandiose delusions associated with protecting themselves from the perceived plot. See 287 in DSM-IV. See Paranoid personality disorder, Schizophrenia.
par·a·noid schiz·o·phre·ni·a(par'ă-noyd skits'ō-frē'nē-ă)
A form of that mental disorder characterized predominantly by delusions of persecution and megalomania.