nar·​co·​lep·​tic | \ ˌnär-kə-ˈlep-tik How to pronounce narcoleptic (audio) \

Definition of narcoleptic

: a person who is subject to attacks of narcolepsy

Examples of narcoleptic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Williams estimates that two-thirds of narcoleptics also have sleep paralysis. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "A prisoner in my own body: This is what it’s like to have sleep paralysis.," 27 Jan. 2018 Max and Cuddy are apparently daytime narcoleptics who couldn’t care less about a laser. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "How to Use Technology to Outsource Pet Care," 29 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of narcoleptic

1928, in the meaning defined above

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“Narcoleptic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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nar·​co·​lep·​tic | \ ˌnär-kə-ˈlep-tik How to pronounce narcoleptic (audio) \

Medical Definition of narcoleptic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or affected with narcolepsy



Medical Definition of narcoleptic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual who is subject to attacks of narcolepsy

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