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a mental condition marked by the making of poor jokes and puns and the telling of pointless stories at which the speaker is intensely amused; a condition characteristic of frontal lobe lesions.
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Excessive and abnormal joviality, with a morbid tendency to pun, make poor jokes, and tell pointless stories; seen particularly in patients with frontal lobe syndromes.
[Ger. witzeln, to affect wit, + Sucht, mania]
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witzelsuchtGerman, joke addiction, moria Neurology A manifestation of organic brain disease–eg, tumors or atherosclerosis-induced lesions of the frontal cortex, in which a Pt compulsively tells puns, or relates silly jokes, often accompanied by childish behavior, as a defense mechanism to deflect attention from memory defects
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