narcolepsy

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noun nar·co·lep·sy \ˈnär-kə-ˌlep-sē\

Definition of narcolepsy

plural

narcolepsies

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

narcoleptic

play \ˌnär-kə-ˈlep-tik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of narcolepsy

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1880


NARCOLEPSY Defined for English Language Learners

narcolepsy

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noun nar·co·lep·sy \ˈnär-kə-ˌlep-sē\

Definition of narcolepsy for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

narcolepsy

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noun nar·co·lep·sy \ˈnär-kə-ˌlep-sē\

Medical Definition of narcolepsy

plural

narcolepsies

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



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