Medical Definition of Lilliputian hallucination

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Lilliputian hallucination: An hallucination in which things, people, or animals seem smaller than they would be in real life. Lilliputian refers to the "little people" who lived (fictionally) on the island of Lilliput in Jonathan Swift's 1726 masterpiece Gulliver's Travels.

The term "Lilliputian hallucination" was coined by John Todd, an English psychiatrist (1914-1987) who also called it the Alice in Wonderland syndrome.

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Reviewed on 12/11/2018

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