/fri nuy"tis/, n. Pathol. (formerly)
1. inflammation of the brain; encephalitis.
2. delirium; frenzy.
[1615-25; < LL phrenitis delirium, frenzy < Gk phrenîtis. See PHREN-, -ITIS]

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