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catatonic

[kat-uh-ton-ik] /ˌkæt əˈtɒn ɪk/
adjective
1.
having catatonia, a syndrome characterized by muscular rigidity and mental stupor:
The schizophrenic remained in a catatonic state.
2.
appearing to be in a daze or stupor; unresponsive:
She had the catatonic expression of an avant-garde model.
noun
3.
a person who suffers from catatonia.
Related forms
catatonically, adverb

catatonia

[kat-uh-toh-nee-uh, -tohn-yuh] /ˌkæt əˈtoʊ ni ə, -ˈtoʊn yə/
noun, Psychiatry.
1.
a syndrome seen most frequently in schizophrenia, characterized by muscular rigidity and mental stupor, sometimes alternating with great excitement and confusion.
Origin of catatonia
1915-1920
1915-20; cata- + -tonia
Related forms
catatoniac, noun
catatonic
[kat-uh-ton-ik] /ˌkæt əˈtɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun
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Historical Examples
  • "Visits to catatonics have increased considerably," explained Dr. Harding.

    At the Post Horace Leonard Gold
  • He wondered if they were catatonics under imperfect control.

    At the Post Horace Leonard Gold
  • Between these catatonics and me, we could tell them what it's all about.

    At the Post Horace Leonard Gold
  • But if Zelda and these other catatonics are teaching ghosts, these ghosts are the dumbest jerks anywhere.

    At the Post Horace Leonard Gold
  • "When these catatonics pull out, they don't remember much or maybe nothing," Clocker went on, referring to his charts.

    At the Post Horace Leonard Gold
  • These catatonics don't see or hear us, but they sure as Citation hear and see something.

    At the Post Horace Leonard Gold
  • I talked to some of these 'cured' catatonics—people you probably sprung because you got all you wanted from them.

    At the Post Horace Leonard Gold
British Dictionary definitions for catatonics

catatonia

/ˌkætəˈtəʊnɪə/
noun
1.
a state of muscular rigidity and stupor, sometimes found in schizophrenia
Derived Forms
catatonic (ˌkætəˈtɒnɪk) adjective, noun
Word Origin
C20: New Latin, from German Katatonie, from cata- + -tonia, from Greek tonos tension
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Word Origin and History for catatonics

catatonia

n.

1888, from medical Latin catatonia; replacing katatonia (1880s), which was formed directly from Greek kata- "down" (see cata-) + tonos "tone" (see tenet).

catatonic

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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catatonics in Medicine

catatonia cat·a·to·ni·a (kāt'ə-tō'nē-ə)
n.
An abnormal condition often associated with schizophrenia and variously characterized by stupor, stereotypy, mania, and either rigidity or extreme flexibility of the limbs.


cat'a·ton'ic (-tŏn'ĭk) adj.
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