tangentiality


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tangentiality

 [tan-jen″she-al´ĭ-te]
a pattern of speech characterized by oblique, digressive, or irrelevant replies to questions; the responses never approach the point of the questions. It differs from circumstantiality, in which the responder eventually reaches the point.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

tan·gen·ti·al·i·ty

(tan-jen'shē-al'i-tē),
A disturbance in the associative thought process in which one tends to digress readily from one topic under discussion to other topics that arise in the course of associations; observed in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and certain types of organic brain disorders. Compare: circumstantiality.
[off on a tangent, fr. L. tango, to touch]
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tan·gen·ti·al·i·ty

(tan-jen'shē-al'i-tē)
A disturbance in the associative thought process in which one tends to digress readily from one topic under discussion to other topics that arise in the course of associations; observed in bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and certain types of organic brain disorders.
Compare: circumstantiality
[off on a tangent, fr. L. tango, to touch]
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