thanatosis

noun
than·​a·​to·​sis | \ ˌthanəˈtōsə̇s \
plural -es

Definition of thanatosis

: 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

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History and Etymology for thanatosis

New Latin, from thanat- + -osis

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“Thanatosis.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thanatosis. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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