Origin of somnambulism
Examples from the Web for somnambulism
There was something frightful in this somnambulism of drunkenness.
"Mr. Phelps tells me you suffer from somnambulism," the doctor went on.The Ivory Snuff Box
But she had not for some time discovered any signs of somnambulism.
It would seem, besides, that she was naturally disposed to somnambulism.
But somnambulism, while arising in sleep, is not at all a feature of sleep.Psychotherapy
- a condition that is characterized by walking while asleep or in a hypnotic tranceAlso called: noctambulism
Word Origin and History for somnambulism
Originally brought into use during the excitement over "animal magnetism;" it won out over noctambulation. A stack of related words came into use early 19c., e.g. somnambule "sleepwalker" (1837, from French somnambule, 1690s), earlier somnambulator (1803); as adjectives, somnambulary (1827), somnambular (1820).