Definition of narcolepsy
: a condition characterized by brief attacks of deep sleep often occurring with cataplexy and hypnagogic hallucinations
narcolepticplay \ˌnär-kə-ˈlep-tik\ adjective
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Dreams, nightmares, sedatives, stimulants, narcolepsy, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder and even homelessness all come under his gaze.
In 2007, Flygare, then a 24-year-old law student, was diagnosed with narcolepsy with cataplexy, a neurological disorder that causes chronic sleepiness and, in her case, symptoms of brief episodes of muscle weakness triggered by strong emotions.
The little girl, too, developed narcolepsy, forcing Church to acknowledge his own.
People who have narcolepsy tend to slip quickly into REM sleep, the phase when dreams occur, rather than experiencing the four phases that usually precede it.
In the 1960s, fenethylline was widely recommended to people suffering from ailments like hyperactivity and narcolepsy.
The event held at Title Boxing Club in Carlsbad helped raise awareness and funds for the nonprofit that offers educational information, events and emotional support to those with narcolepsy, a sleeping disorder.
The event included free boxing lessons, since MacKenzie found that boxing can help those with narcolepsy.
Obviously, sick people — say, with Parkinson's or narcolepsy — need medical intervention.
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Origin and Etymology of narcolepsy
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1880See Words from the same year
NARCOLEPSY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of narcolepsy for English Language Learners
medical : a medical condition in which someone suddenly falls into a deep sleep while talking, working, etc.
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