narcosis

noun
nar·co·sis | \när-ˈkō-səs \
plural narcoses\när-ˈkō-ˌsēz \

Definition of narcosis 

: a state of stupor, unconsciousness, or arrested activity produced by the influence of narcotics or other chemical or physical agents — compare nitrogen narcosis

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Even experts risk equipment failures, insufficient decompression, and the dangerous confusion induced by nitrogen narcosis. Nick Romeo, National Geographic, "How Archaeologists Discovered 23 Shipwrecks in 22 Days," 11 July 2016

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First Known Use of narcosis

1671, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for narcosis

New Latin, from Greek narkōsis, action of benumbing, from narkoun

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narcosis

noun
nar·co·sis | \när-ˈkō-səs \
plural narcoses\-ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of narcosis 

: a state of stupor, unconsciousness, or arrested activity produced by the influence of narcotics or other chemicals or physical agents — see nitrogen narcosis

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