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]