"Picking at bedclothes" is a sign that may be seen in a person facing imminent death.

Carphology = picking at bed clothes


Floccilation = picking at imaginary objects (floccus = small tuft of wool)



(1) continual grasping or fumbling with bed clothes

(2) appears to be directed towards some imaginary substance

(3) seen in patients who are seriously ill or delirious


The term Henry V sign refers to a description of the death of Falstaff in Shakespeare's play (Act II, Scene III: I saw him fumble with the sheets).

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