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Meaning of loosening of associations

loos'ening of associa'tions

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— Psychiatry. Psychiatry.
  1. a type of formal thought disorder characterized by shifts from one topic to another in ways that are obliquely related or completely unrelated, occurring as a common symptom of mania and schizophrenia. Also called
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