cataplexy

noun cat·a·plexy \ ˈka-tə-ˌplek-sē \

Definition of cataplexy

plural cataplexies play \-sēz\
: sudden loss of muscle power following a strong emotional stimulus

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Origin and Etymology of cataplexy

German Kataplexie, from Greek kataplēxis, from kataplēssein to strike down, terrify, from kata- + plēssein to strike — more at plaint


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cataplexy

noun cat·a·plexy \ ˈkat-ə-ˌplek-sē \

medical Definition of cataplexy

plural cataplexies play \-sēz\
: 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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