catatonic

adjective
cat·​a·​ton·​ic | \ ˌka-tə-ˈtä-nik How to pronounce catatonic (audio) \

Definition of catatonic

1 : of, relating to, marked by, or affected with catatonia catatonic schizophrenia
2 : characterized by a marked lack of movement, activity, or expression tourists who were almost catatonic at finding themselves in their hero's presence— Neil Hickey

Other Words from catatonic

catatonic noun
catatonically \ ˌka-​tə-​ˈtä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce catatonic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of catatonic in a Sentence

a catatonic stare was all that the neglected resident of the nursing home seemed capable of
Recent Examples on the Web Tears and catatonic poses in the Ravens’ postgame locker room told the story of what occurred on that climactic play. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, 24 Dec. 2021 Durst, who has numerous medical issues, sat in a wheelchair with a catatonic stare during much of the sentencing hearing. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Oct. 2021 But at that moment, those few sentences sent me spiraling into what felt like an almost catatonic state. Fortune, 12 Nov. 2021 Durst, who has numerous medical issues, sat in a wheelchair with a catatonic stare during much of the sentencing hearing. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Oct. 2021 Durst, who has numerous medical issues, sat in a wheelchair with a catatonic stare during much of the sentencing hearing. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Oct. 2021 Gideon is overwhelmed with new choices, forcing her into a catatonic state; Astra and Spooner combine powers to get into Gideon’s mindscape and find a virus. Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2021 Durst, who has numerous medical issues, sat in a wheelchair with a catatonic stare during much of the sentencing hearing. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Oct. 2021 Durst, who has numerous medical problems, sat in a wheelchair with a catatonic stare during much of the sentencing hearing. Editors, USA TODAY, 17 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of catatonic

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for catatonic

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The first known use of catatonic was in 1904

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31 Dec 2021

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“Catatonic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catatonic. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for catatonic

catatonic

adjective
cata·​ton·​ic | \ ˌkat-ə-ˈtän-ik How to pronounce catatonic (audio) \

Medical Definition of catatonic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, marked by, or affected with catatonia catatonic schizophrenia catatonic rigidity catatonic patients

Other Words from catatonic

catatonically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce catatonic (audio) \ adverb

catatonic

noun

Medical Definition of catatonic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a catatonic individual

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