medical Definition of locked-in syndrome
- Trapped in their own bodies, the people who suffer from what is sometimes called locked-in syndrome are lucky if they can communicate their needs with a blink or a raised eyebrow.
- —Discover, February 1999
- The locked-in syndrome results from brainstem lesions which disrupt the voluntary control of movement without abolishing either arousal or the content of awareness.
- —Adam Zeman, The Lancet, 13 Sept. 1997