catalepsy

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noun cat·a·lep·sy \ˈka-tə-ˌlep-sē\

Definition of catalepsy

plural

catalepsies

  1. :  a trancelike state marked by loss of voluntary motion in which the limbs remain in whatever position they are placed

cataleptic

play \ˌka-tə-ˈlep-tik\ adjective or noun

cataleptically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of catalepsy

Middle English catalempsi, from Medieval Latin catalepsia, from Late Latin catalepsis, from Greek katalēpsis, literally, act of seizing, from katalambanein to seize, from kata- + lambanein to take — more at latch


First Known Use: 14th century


Medical Dictionary

catalepsy

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noun cat·a·lep·sy \ˈkat-əl-ˌep-sē\

Medical Definition of catalepsy

plural

catalepsies

  1. :  a trancelike state of consciousness (as that occurring in catatonic schizophrenia) that is marked by a loss of voluntary motion and a fixed posture in which the limbs remain in whatever position they are placed—compare waxy flexibility


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