Definition of catatonic
1 : of, relating to, being, resembling, or affected by schizophrenia characterized especially by a marked psychomotor disturbance that may involve stupor or mutism, negativism, rigidity, purposeless excitement, and inappropriate or bizarre posturing
2 : characterized by a marked lack of movement, activity, or expression
catatonicallyplay \-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of catatonic in a sentence
<a catatonic stare was all that the neglected resident of the nursing home seemed capable of>
Did You Know?
Catatonia is primarily a form of the terrible mental disease known as schizophrenia, though it may show up in patients with a variety of other mental conditions. A common symptom is extreme muscular rigidity; catatonic patients may be "frozen" for hours or even days in a single position. Its causes remain mysterious. Serious though the condition is, most nondoctors use catatonic humorously to describe people who seem incapable of moving or changing expression.
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Medical Definition of catatonic
: a catatonic individual
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