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

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Other Words from narcolepsy

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

Examples of narcolepsy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On top of that, Buchko was also dealing with narcolepsy, or overwhelming daytime drowsiness, which she wouldn't be officially diagnosed with until a few months later. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "The Youth Suicide Rate Is on the Rise, and This 23-Year-Old Who Attempted to Take Her Own Life Has Some Thoughts About Why," 31 Oct. 2019 Prescription stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin are typically given to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "Non-prescribed stimulants may improve short-term focus but fail users in the long run, UCI researchers say," 10 Sep. 2019 Perich was diagnosed with narcolepsy and took disability leave as a result. Julie Moreau, NBC News, "Can a religious school fire a gay teacher? It's complicated.," 26 Aug. 2019 In the past week, the FDA has approved five novel new drugs to treat a slew of conditions from cancer to the skin disease psoriasis to tuberculosis (TB) to the sleep disorder narcolepsy. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "The FDA Went on an Epic Drug Approval Binge This Week: Brainstorm Health," 16 Aug. 2019 The four settlements involve two drugs: Provigil (a treatment for narcolepsy and other sleep disorders) and Lidoderm (a prescription patch for shingles). Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Drugmakers to pay $70 million over deals to keep cheap generics off the market," 30 July 2019 Teva kept a generic of Provigil, a drug used to treat narcolepsy, from entering the market for almost six years, according to Becerra. Arman Azad And Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN, "Drug companies to pay $70 million for delaying cheaper generics, California attorney general says," 29 July 2019 Adderall, a medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy, contains amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Gary Klien, The Mercury News, "Bay Area doctor accused of medical, sexual improprieties," 15 July 2019 But recurring episodes are sometimes linked to narcolepsy, a sleep disorder that involves drowsiness and sudden sleep attacks. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "9 Types of Parasomnias That Might Explain That Weird Thing You Do When You Sleep," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of narcolepsy

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of narcolepsy was in 1880

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14 Nov 2019

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“Narcolepsy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/narcolepsy. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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narcolepsy

noun
How to pronounce narcolepsy (audio)

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 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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