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cataplexy

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noun, cat·a·plexy \ˈka-tə-ˌplek-sē\

Definition of cataplexy

plural cataplexiesplay \-sēz\

  1. :  sudden loss of muscle power following a strong emotional stimulus



Origin 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

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cataplexy

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noun cat·a·plexy \ˈkat-ə-ˌplek-sē\

Medical Definition of cataplexy

plural cataplexies \-sēz\play

  1. :  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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