oneiro-, oneir-, oniro-, onir-, -neir-

(Greek: dream)

The art of interpreting dreams.
"Dream delirium" is a term to which some French psychiatrists apply to the group of psychoses characterized by delirium.

Delirium tremens is the prototype of this group and is considered to be essentially a prolonged dream. Fever deliria are also part of this group, because they are so closely related to dreams.

Although it is true that hallucination can be interpreted in the same way as dreams, this does not mean that deliria, schizophrenic hallucinations, and dreams are etiologically the same, as this term would imply.

oneirodynia (s) (noun) (no pl)
Dreadful and violent vision during sleep;nightmare: Oneirodynia involves troubled sleep, nightmares, and and perhaps sleepwalking.

One of the four great divisions of insanity was recognized by William Cullen (1710-1790), a Scottish physician who emphasized the endogenous nature of mental disorders and their relationship to irritability of the nervous system.

The four divisions of insanity include amentia, melancholia, mania, and oneirodynia (somnambulism and nightmare).

oneirodynia activa
Sleepwalking, rising out of bed and walking about during an apparent state of sleep, usually occurring in the first third of the night and lasting a few minutes to a half hour.
oneirodynia gravis, nightmare
A condition during sleep which is usually caused by improper eating or by digestive or nervous troubles, and characterized by a sense of extreme uneasiness or discomfort (as of weight on the chest or stomach, impossibility of motion or speech, etc), or by frightful or oppressive dreams, from which a person wakes after extreme anxiety, in a troubled state of mind.
Something that produces a dream-like state of consciousness; usually used in reference to drugs.
A reference to anything that produces a dreamlike state or something that is capable of causing dreams.
oneirogmophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
A fear of having "wet dreams": Having soiled sheets the next morning was something that Tim was certainly very afraid of and his doctor said that he had developed oneirogmophobia.
Nocturnal emission of semen, usually related to erotic dreams; an effusion of semen during sleep. Also known as "wet dreams".
Nocturnal emission of semen; wet dream.
The personified deities of specific types of dreams such as nightmares, sexual dreams, etc.

The most important one is Morpheus, the god of dreams. His brothers are Icelus, Phobetor and Phantasos. At his command, they sent forth the various shapes that appear in the dreams of humans.

Resembling a dream; like a dream.
A specialist in oneirology or the study and interpretation of dreams.
The scientific study of dreams.
oneiromancy (s) (noun), oneiromancies (pl)
Divination or fortune-telling by interpreting a person's dreams: Madeline went to see a clairvoyant to find out what the soothsayer would have to say and the results of the oneiromancy was that she would marry a handsome foreigner; however, this could not be true because she was already married.
An art claiming to reveal the future of someone's dreams.
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Related "sleep" units: dorm-; hypno-; letho-; narco-; somni-; sopor-.