Definition of Mental state

1. Noun. (psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic. "A manic state"




Medical Definition of Mental state

1. A finding on physical examination that may refer to any number of abnormal changes in baseline mental functioning. Milder examples include mood changes, irritability, personality changes, depression or blunted affect. Advanced changes include confusion, lethargy, sleepiness, hallucinations, unresponsiveness and coma. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mental State

mental objects
mental picture
mental point
mental process
mental processes
mental protuberance
mental quickness
mental region
mental rejection
mental representation
mental reservation
mental retardation
mental scotoma
mental soundness
mental spine
mental state (current term)
mental states
mental status schedule
mental strain
mental symphysis
mental synthesis
mental telepathist
mental test
mental testing
mental tubercle
mental unsoundness
mentalese
mentaleses
mentalis
mentalism

Literary usage of Mental state

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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)
"Philadelphia Med. J., 1899, Hi, 671-674. E. Examination of the mental state; Elementary Psychiatric Methods 1. introduction Certain of the disturbances ..."

2. Epilepsy and Other Chronic Convulsive Diseases: Their Causes, Symptoms, and by William Richard Gowers (1901)
"Inter paroxysmal mental state.—The mental state of epileptics, ... The mental state must not be regarded, in all cases, as entirely the effect of the ..."

3. Elements of Mental Philosophy by Thomas Cogswell Upham (1845)
"Sensation a simple mental state originating in the senses. ... The term SENSATION is not of so general a nature as to include every variety of mental state, ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"In certain epileptics, an automatic mental state may arise in which the individual may carry on complex motor and intellectual activities, apparently normal ..."

5. Primitive Culture: Researches Into the Development of Mythology, Philosophy by Sir Edward Burnett Tylor (1891)
"... in relation to Myth—Proper Names of objects in relation to Myth—mental state proper to promote mythic imagination —Doctrine of Werewolves—Phantasy and ..."

6. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1906)
"RA(NS) second, the mental state of the testator, as produced by such conduct, ... In order to show the testator's mental state at any given time, ..."

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