plural -es
: a state that in some respects resembles shock, is characterized by cessation of all voluntary activity and usually by assumption of a posture suggestive of death, and occurs in various insects (as beetles) when disturbed

Word History


New Latin, from thanat- + -osis

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“Thanatosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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