catatonia


cat·a·to·nia

noun \ˌka-tə-ˈtō-nē-ə\

Definition of CATATONIA

:  catatonic schizophrenia

Origin of CATATONIA

New Latin, from German Katatonie, from kata- cata- + New Latin -tonia
First Known Use: circa 1891

cata·to·nia

noun \ˌkat-ə-ˈtō-nē-ə\   (Medical Dictionary)

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 (as schizophrenia and mood disorders)

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