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>
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.
Origin and Etymology of catatonic
First Known Use: 1904
Medical Definition of catatonic
: a catatonic individual
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