cat·​a·​to·​nia | \ ˌka-tə-ˈtō-nē-ə How to pronounce catatonia (audio) \

Definition of catatonia

: a psychomotor disturbance that may involve muscle rigidity, stupor or mutism, purposeless movements, negativism, echolalia, and inappropriate or unusual posturing and is associated with various medical conditions (such as schizophrenia and mood disorders)

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Other important neurological side effects include psychosis, panic attacks, agitation, confusion and catatonia. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Life-threatening bleeding linked to synthetic cannabinoids, CDC warns," 6 Apr. 2018 These patients suffer from acute psychiatric conditions, including treatment-resistant depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis and catatonia. Amy S.f. Lutz,, "A mother's view: Why banning electroconvulsive therapy for Pa. children is wrong," 19 Oct. 2017 Ugliness is also a way of responding to the difficulty of being a painter now — self-conscious to the point of catatonia, asked to practice a medium that has routinely and falsely been declared dead since its inception. Charlie Fox, New York Times, "The Beauty of Ugly Painting," 4 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of catatonia

circa 1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for catatonia

New Latin, from German Katatonie, from kata- cata- + New Latin -tonia

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The first known use of catatonia was circa 1891

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cata·​to·​nia | \ ˌkat-ə-ˈtō-nē-ə How to pronounce catatonia (audio) \

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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