Capgras syndrome

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Capgras syndrome

(Science: syndrome) a psychotic disorder characterised by the patients conviction that certain important or familiar persons in his environment are not real but are doubles of themselves or imposters. Capgras syndrome

(Science: syndrome) The delusional belief that a person (or persons) close to the schizophrenic patient has been substituted for by one or more impostors; may have an organic aetiology.

Synonym: capgras phenomenon, illusion of doubles.