narcolepsy

noun
nar·​co·​lep·​sy | \ ˈnär-kə-ˌlep-sē How to pronounce narcolepsy (audio) \
plural narcolepsies

Definition of narcolepsy

: a condition characterized by brief attacks of deep sleep often occurring with cataplexy and hypnagogic hallucinations

Other Words from narcolepsy

narcoleptic \ ˌnär-​kə-​ˈlep-​tik How to pronounce narcolepsy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of narcolepsy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People with narcolepsy may turn to caffeine in an attempt to stay awake during the day. Sarah Fielding, Health.com, 6 Dec. 2021 The breakthrough designation for AXS-12 being revoked was for cataplexy as a condition in narcolepsy. Trefis Team, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 There are two primary forms of narcolepsy, types 1 and 2. Sarah Fielding, Health.com, 6 Dec. 2021 Captagon was originally manufactured by a German pharmaceutical company as a stimulant to treat attention deficit disorder and narcolepsy. New York Times, 5 Dec. 2021 The breakthrough designation for AXS-12 being revoked was for cataplexy as a condition in narcolepsy. Trefis Team, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 The breakthrough designation for AXS-12 being revoked was for cataplexy as a condition in narcolepsy. Trefis Team, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 The breakthrough designation for AXS-12 being revoked was for cataplexy as a condition in narcolepsy. Trefis Team, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 There are a few theories on what causes narcolepsy. Sarah Fielding, Health.com, 3 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of narcolepsy

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for narcolepsy

borrowed from French narcolepsie, from narco- narco- + -lepsie -lepsy

Note: The French word was introduced by the physician and neurologist Jean-Baptiste Gélineau in "De la narcolepsie," Gazette des hôpitaux civils et militaires, 53e année, no. 76 (1er juillet 1880), p. 626: "Je propose de donner le nom de narcolepsie (de νάρκωσις, somnolence, et λαμβάνειν, saisir, prendre) à une névrose rare ou du moins peu connue jusqu'à ce jour, caractérisée par un besoin de dormir impérieux, subit et de courte durée, se reproduisant à des intervalles plus ou moins rapprochées." ("I propose to give the name narcolepsy (from nárkōsis, drowsiness, and lambánein, to seize, take) to a neurosis that is rare, or at least little known up to now, characterized by a pressing urge to sleep, sudden and of short duration, reoccurring in more or less close succession.")

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“Narcolepsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/narcolepsy. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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narcolepsy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of narcolepsy

: a medical condition in which someone suddenly falls into a deep sleep while talking, working, etc.

narcolepsy

noun
nar·​co·​lep·​sy | \ ˈnär-kə-ˌlep-sē How to pronounce narcolepsy (audio) \
plural narcolepsies

Medical Definition of narcolepsy

: a condition characterized by brief attacks of deep sleep often occurring with cataplexy and hypnagogic hallucinations — compare hypersomnia sense 2

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