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[kat-uh-ton-ik] /ˌkæt əˈtɒn ɪk/
having catatonia, a syndrome characterized by muscular rigidity and mental stupor:
The schizophrenic remained in a catatonic state.
appearing to be in a daze or stupor; unresponsive:
She had the catatonic expression of an avant-garde model.
a person who suffers from catatonia.
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catatonically, adverb Unabridged
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  • Two men with rifles plunged into the gas; sighing, they fell to the floor in a catatonic trance.

    The Green Beret Thomas Edward Purdom
  • But I think he is catatonic now; he has lost all touch with the outside.

    The Penal Cluster Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
  • June 28, 1911:—He remains in same apparent stuporous and catatonic attitude.

  • You say he was in a state of catatonic shock when they removed him from the machine?

    The Dueling Machine Benjamin William Bova
  • Kutner, in a work on the catatonic states in degenerates, describes this condition at length.

  • An important "catatonic" symptom is a tendency to sudden, impulsive, unexplainable acts.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
Word Origin and History for catatonic

1899, from catatonia + -ic. As a noun from 1902.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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