Definition of Infantilism

1. Noun. An abnormal condition in which an older child or adult retains infantile characteristics.

Generic synonyms: Abnormalcy, Abnormality
Specialized synonyms: Ateleiosis, Ateliosis

2. Noun. Infantile behavior in mature persons.
Generic synonyms: Misbehavior, Misbehaviour, Misdeed

Definition of Infantilism

1. Noun. An emotional dependency on being treated as an infant. ¹

2. Noun. A sexual dependency on the sight or feeling of diapers, or being diapered. ¹

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Definition of Infantilism

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Medical Definition of Infantilism

1. 1. A state marked by slow development of mind and body. Synonym: infantile dwarfism. 2. Childishness, as characterised by a temper tantrum of an adolescent or adult. 3. Underdevelopment of the sexual organs. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Infantilism

infantile paralysis
infantile pellagra
infantile progressive spinal muscular atrophy
infantile purulent conjunctivitis
infantile spasm
infantile spastic paraplegia
infantile spinal muscular atrophy
infantile tetany

Literary usage of Infantilism

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1. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"J. infantilism The term infantilism has been used in a very loose way. It originated •with Lorain, who described one form, since known as Lorain's type, ..."

2. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler (1912)
"It is not possible at present to make a satisfactory classification either of the causes or of the cases of infantilism—in some no cause is evident, ..."

3. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1914)
"As between dystrophy of hypophyseal origin and true infantilism, it is to be noted ... infantilism This name was suggested by Lasegue as descriptive of the ..."

4. The Ductless Glandular Diseases by Wilhelm Falta (1916)
"I. infantilism Historical.—The first cases of human beings who for their ... He describes a form of infantilism that he describes as " Characterised par la ..."

5. Medical Diagnosis for the Student and Practitioner by Charles Lyman Greene (1917)
"infantilism.—Closely related to myxedema and cretinism is the curious condition termed infantilism of the Lorain type or those described by Gilford as ..."

6. Medical gynecology by Samuel Wyllis Bandler (1914)
"infantilism may result from anemia and chlorosis, from tuberculosis or lues, or from intestinal ... infantilism includes alterations in the osseous system, ..."

7. The Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands by Hubert Richardson (1905)
"... infantilism has been defined as an anomaly of development characterized by the persistence after puberty of the morphological characters of childhood, ..."

8. The Diseases of Children: A Work for the Practising Physician by Meinhard von Pfaundler, Arthur Schlossmann, Henry Larned Keith Shaw, Linnæus Edford La Fétra, Luther Emmett Holt (1912)
"infantilism; twenty-nine yean old. The prognosis is favorable, even though physical progress is often more resistant to treatment than the mental. ..."

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