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Floccillation vs. Carphologia — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Floccillation and Carphologia




(rare) Picking at the bedclothes, usually seen in delirious, feverish or dying people.


Picking at bedding and clothing, or at the lips, or of perceived invisible objects


A delirious picking of bedclothes by a sick person, as if to pick off flocks of wool; carphology; - an alarming symptom in acute diseases.


Carphologia (or carphology) is a lint-picking behavior that is often a symptom of a delirious state. Often seen in delirious or semiconscious patients, carphologia describes the actions of picking or grasping at imaginary objects, as well as the patient's own clothes or bed linens.

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