Origin of catatonia
New Latin, from German Katatonie, from kata- cata- + New Latin -tonia
First Known Use: circa 1891
Medical Definition of catatonia
: a marked psychomotor disturbance that may involve stupor or mutism, negativism, rigidity, purposeless excitement, echolalia, echopraxia, and inappropriate or bizarre posturing and is associated with various medical conditions (such as schizophrenia, Huntington's disease, or Wilson's disease)
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