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.

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]

tangentiality

/tan·gen·ti·al·i·ty/ (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.

tangentiality

[tanjen′chē·al′itē]
Etymology: L, tangere, to touch
expressions or responses characterized by a tendency to digress from an original topic of conversation, in which a common word connects two unrelated thoughts. For example, the boy caught a ball; balls of fire exploded from the house. Tangentiality can destroy or seriously hamper the ability of people to communicate effectively. It is frequently seen in schizophrenia.

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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Rather than tangentiality or loosening of associations, her speech is notable for pervasive word substitutions and paraphasic errors, such as saying "chair" when asked to identify the nightstand in her room.