som·​no·​lence | \ ˈsäm-nə-lən(t)s How to pronounce somnolence (audio) \

Definition of somnolence

: the quality or state of being drowsy : sleepiness

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Examples of somnolence in a Sentence

somnolence is likely to be the most typical and telling reaction to this novel
Recent Examples on the Web After decades of abject somnolence, American labor seems to be stirring. Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2021 Not really enough to disrupt outdoor activity, the rain seemed the sort to foster contemplation and encourage Saturday snoozes and somnolence. Washington Post, 8 Aug. 2021 Otherwise, make no mistake, if the present economic somnolence continues, many Americans are going to sicken and die — but from the economic virus in reaction to the coronavirus. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, 24 Mar. 2020 Imagine that this medication had side effects too, but those side effects included happiness, relaxation, and somnolence. Dr. Jordan Tishler,, 4 Oct. 2019 Current antipsychotics — which mostly block dopamine receptors — have become blockbuster schizophrenia medicines despite causing troubling side effects like weight gain and somnolence. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, 18 Nov. 2019 The somnolence of their corporate offices, a seasoned visitor quipped, was disturbed only by the periodic whirr of a printer. The Economist, 25 July 2019 The strong sun of the south beats down a tranquil somnolence over the whole town. Frances Mayes, National Geographic, 11 July 2019 Four years ago, the head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said there would be no more quick enlargement of the bloc, sending the process into somnolence. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of somnolence

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of somnolence

: the quality or state of being drowsy

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