A symptom of a thought disorder in which one constantly gets “off the track” in one's thoughts and speech; similar to loosening of association.

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de·rail·ment (de-rālґment) disordered thought or speech characteristic of schizophrenia and marked by constant jumping around from one topic to another before the first is fully realized, the topics often being clearly but obliquely related or unrelated. The term is sometimes used synonymously with loosening of associations.

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