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noctambulism

or noctambulation

[nok-tam-byuh-liz-uh m or nok-tam-byuh-ley-shuh n] /nɒkˈtæm byəˌlɪz əm or nɒkˌtæm byəˈleɪ ʃən/
noun
Origin of noctambulism
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60; noctambul(ous) + -ism
Related forms
noctambulist, noctambule
[nok-tam-byool] /nɒkˈtæm byul/ (Show IPA),
noun
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Examples from the Web for noctambulism
Historical Examples
  • Sleep walking or night wandering, known also by its Latin name of noctambulism, is a well-known phenomenon.

    Sleep Walking and Moon Walking Isidor Isaak Sadger
British Dictionary definitions for noctambulism

noctambulism

/nɒkˈtæmbjʊˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
another word for somnambulism
Derived Forms
noctambulist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Latin nox night + ambulāre to walk
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noctambulism in Medicine

noctambulism noc·tam·bu·lism (nŏk-tām'byə-lĭz'əm)
n.
See sleepwalking.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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