episode (ep´i-sod)

An important event or series of events taking place in the course of continuous events e.g., an episode of depression.
acute schizophrenic e. acute schizophrenia
manic e. manifestation of a major mood disorder in which there is a distinct period during which the predominant mood of the individual is either elevated, expansive, or irritable, and there are associated symptoms of the excited or manic phase of the bipolar disorder. See affective disorders, under disorder, endogenous depression.


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