somnambulism

noun
som·​nam·​bu·​lism | \ säm-ˈnam-byə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce somnambulism (audio) \

Definition of somnambulism

1 : an abnormal condition of sleep in which motor acts (such as walking) are performed
2 : actions characteristic of somnambulism

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Other Words from somnambulism

somnambulist \ säm-​ˈnam-​byə-​list How to pronounce somnambulism (audio) \ noun
somnambulistic \ (ˌ)säm-​ˌnam-​byə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce somnambulism (audio) \ adjective
somnambulistically \ (ˌ)säm-​ˌnam-​byə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce somnambulism (audio) \ adverb

Examples of somnambulism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the National Sleep Foundation, as many as 15 percent of adults experience sleepwalking, or somnambulism, a disorder that involves walking or other activities such as dressing, driving or cooking while asleep. Leigh Ann Henion, New York Times, "Do New Moms Dream Differently After Giving Birth?," 16 Apr. 2020 The Trib was known as a writer’s paper, and while there Wolfe made forays beyond totemic somnambulism. Ben Yagoda, WSJ, "An Appreciation: Tom Wolfe," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of somnambulism

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Somnambulism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/somnambulism. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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somnambulism

noun
som·​nam·​bu·​lism | \ säm-ˈnam-byə-ˌliz-əm How to pronounce somnambulism (audio) \

Medical Definition of somnambulism

1 : an abnormal condition of sleep in which motor acts (as walking) are performed
2 : actions characteristic of somnambulism

Other Words from somnambulism

somnambulistic \ (ˌ)säm-​ˌnam-​byə-​ˈlis-​tik How to pronounce somnambulism (audio) \ adjective

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