Origin and Etymology of cataplexy
German Kataplexie, from Greek kataplēxis, from kataplēssein to strike down, terrify, from kata- + plēssein to strike — more at plaint
First Known Use: 1883
Rhymes with cataplexy
Medical Definition of cataplexy
: a sudden loss of muscle control with retention of clear consciousness that follows a strong emotional stimulus (as elation, surprise, or anger) and is a characteristic symptom of narcolepsy
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