Definition of catalepsy
: a trancelike state marked by loss of voluntary motion in which the limbs remain in whatever position they are placed
Origin of catalepsy
Middle English catalempsi, from Medieval Latin catalepsia, from Late Latin catalepsis, from Greek katalēpsis, literally, act of seizing, from katalambanein to seize, from kata- + lambanein to take — more at latch
First Known Use: 14th century
Medical Definition of catalepsy
: a trancelike state of consciousness (as that occurring in catatonic schizophrenia) that is marked by a loss of voluntary motion and a fixed posture in which the limbs remain in whatever position they are placed—compare waxy flexibility
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