- a condition characterized by frequent and uncontrollable periods of deep sleep.
Origin of narcolepsy
Examples from the Web for narcolepsy
In white subjects, narcolepsy is seldom fatal but has been known to last for years.Psychoanalysis
- pathol a rare condition characterized by sudden and uncontrollable episodes of deep sleep
Word Origin and History for narcolepsy
1880, from French narcolepsie, coined 1880 by French physician Jean-Baptiste-Édouard Gélineau (1859-1928) from comb. form of Greek narke "numbness, stupor" (see narcotic) + lepsis "an attack, seizure," from leps-, future stem of lambanein "take hold of, grasp" (see analemma). Related: Narcoleptic; narcolept.
- A disorder characterized by sudden and uncontrollable, though often brief, attacks of deep sleep, sometimes accompanied by paralysis and hallucinations.hypnolepsy