One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or of the nature of phrenitis; affected by phrenitis; delirious.
A person suffering from phrenitis. Also (with the and plural concord): †such people as a class (obsolete). Now historical.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Nicholas Culpeper (1616–1654), physician and astrologer. From post-classical Latin phreniticus, variant of classical Latin phrenēticus frenetic after its ultimate etymon ancient Greek ϕρενιτικός suffering from inflammation of the brain from ϕρενῖτις + -ικός.
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