catalepsy


cat·a·lep·sy

noun \ˈka-tə-ˌlep-sē\
plural cat·a·lep·sies

Definition of CATALEPSY

:  a trancelike state marked by loss of voluntary motion in which the limbs remain in whatever position they are placed
cat·a·lep·tic \ˌka-tə-ˈlep-tik\ adjective or noun
cat·a·lep·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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

cat·a·lep·sy

noun \ˈkat-əl-ˌep-sē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural cat·a·lep·sies

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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