decompensate


decompensate

verb (used without object), de·com·pen·sat·ed, de·com·pen·sat·ing.

  1. Psychology. to lose the ability to maintain normal or appropriate psychological defenses, sometimes resulting in depression, anxiety, or delusions.
v.

1912, probably a back-formation from decompensation. Related: Decompensated; decompensating.

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