carphologia

carphology, carphologia, carphologies (pl); also, carphologias 1. In medicine, involuntary picking at bedclothes, seen especially in febrile or exhaustive delirium of the low muttering type. 2. The actions of delirious or semiconscious patients, as if they are searching for or grasping at imaginary objects, or picking at the bed-clothes or their o...
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Carphologia

Carphologia (or carphology) is a lint-picking behavior that is often a symptom of a delirious state. Often seen in delirious or semiconscious patients, carphologia describes the actions of picking or grasping at imaginary objects, as well as the patient`s own clothes or bed linens. This can be a grave symptom in cases of extreme exhaustion or app....
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