noun than·a·to·sis \ˌthanəˈtōsə̇s\

Definition of thanatosis



  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of thanatosis

New Latin, from thanat- + -osis

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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