- 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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Examples from the Web for catatonic
Catatonic, he crawls on his hands and knees like an infantilized clown back to his white Lamborghini.Why Leonardo DiCaprio, Who Wows in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ Deserves to (Finally) Win An Oscar
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I thought about my younger siblings, and how I might have been catatonic if I lost them in the same manner.A Personal Plea for Gun Control
April 10, 2013
During the 10-minute court proceeding, Holmes looked at times like he was in a catatonic state.Colorado Shooter: Insane or Just Plain Evil?
Eliza Shapiro, Christine Pelisek
July 25, 2012
Please, God, let him not say that in yet another address to a catatonic nation.Can You Hear Goldman Laughing?
July 16, 2010
But I think he is catatonic now; he has lost all touch with the outside.The Penal Cluster
Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
You say he was in a state of catatonic shock when they removed him from the machine?The Dueling Machine
Benjamin William Bova
An important "catatonic" symptom is a tendency to sudden, impulsive, unexplainable acts.
The stupor merged into a catatonic state merely by the development of the inconsistency in her affective reactions.
The author comments on the absence of senseless motor phenomena, such as would be expected in a "catatonic."
Word Origin and History for catatonic
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper