narcolepsy

noun
nar·​co·​lep·​sy | \ˈnär-kə-ˌlep-sē \
plural narcolepsies

Definition of narcolepsy 

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

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narcoleptic \ˌnär-​kə-​ˈlep-​tik \ adjective

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Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug that is chemically similar to amphetamine, a drug used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. Alexis Stevens, The Seattle Times, "Georgia tallies meth’s toll: Nearly 20 percent of those killed by police in state test positive for it," 20 Nov. 2018 Health issues like sleep apnea and narcolepsy can also cause excessive daytime sleepiness, Dr. Peters says. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "What Does It Mean if You Fall Asleep Instantly Every Night?," 20 Oct. 2018 His company is working on a clinical trial focused on narcolepsy, to better measure anecdotal reports that the compound keeps users awake. Amanda Chicago Lewis, WSJ, "Not Everybody Must Get Stoned: Pot’s Nonintoxicating Future," 25 Oct. 2018 Experts still don’t understand exactly what causes narcolepsy. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "What Does It Mean if You Fall Asleep Instantly Every Night?," 20 Oct. 2018 Twenty thick white pills of a wakefulness-promoting agent called modafinil, which the FDA approved in 1998 to treat narcolepsy. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "I Hacked My Body So You Don't Have To," 25 June 2018 Methamphetamine is stimulant drug that is chemically similar to amphetamine, which is used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Alexis Stevens, ajc, "EXCLUSIVE: Majority of those killed by Georgia officers tested positive for drugs," 9 July 2018 But more complex problems such as narcolepsy or seizures during sleep require lab testing, said Doghramji, the Jefferson sleep doctor. Sarah Gantz, Philly.com, "The high cost of getting a good night's sleep," 6 June 2018 Ritalin, or methylphenidate, is in a class of medications called central nervous system stimulants, which are often used in children and adults to help control symptoms of ADHD or to treat narcolepsy. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "NRA's incoming president ties Ritalin to school shootings, but here's what the science says," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of narcolepsy

1880, in the meaning defined above

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narcolepsy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of narcolepsy

medical : 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 \
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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