narcosis

noun
nar·​co·​sis | \ när-ˈkō-səs How to pronounce narcosis (audio) \
plural narcoses\ när-​ˈkō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce narcoses (audio) \

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

Examples of narcosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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

borrowed from New Latin narcōsis, borrowed from Greek nárkōsis "benumbing," from narkō-, variant stem of narkoûn "to benumb, deaden" (verbal derivative of nárkē "numbness, lack of sensation," of uncertain origin) + -sis -sis

Note: Greek nárkē has been compared with Old High German in-snerahan "to tie up (to), link (to)," hypothetically reflecting an Indo-European verbal base *snerk- "draw together, loop around" (thus Lexikon der indogermanischen Verben, 2. Auflage, Wiesbaden, 2001; see snare entry 1), but the semantic connection is far from apparent. (The Lexikon inaccurately translates nárkē as "Krampf, Lähmung" = "cramp, paralysis.") R. Beekes (Etymological Dictionary of Greek, Brill, 2009) regards the word as most likely of pre-Greek substratal origin.

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“Narcosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/narcosis. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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narcosis

noun
nar·​co·​sis | \ när-ˈkō-səs How to pronounce narcosis (audio) \
plural narcoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce narcoses (audio) \

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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