- a physical condition usually associated with catatonic schizophrenia, characterized by suspension of sensation, muscular rigidity, fixity of posture, and often by loss of contact with environment.
Origin of catalepsy
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Examples from the Web for catalepsy
When not in a catalepsy of literary composition, I am essentially the man of action.Love Among the Chickens
P. G. Wodehouse
Is it the catalepsy in which life is suspended, but consciousness acute?A Strange Story, Complete
But even as he spoke he stiffened as a man suddenly struck with catalepsy.The Proud Prince
Justin Huntly McCarthy
Saul fell from his horse in an access of fever, or catalepsy.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Galatians
G. G. Findlay
At other times he sat hour by hour in a state as motionless as that of catalepsy.The Philosophy of Disenchantment
- a state of prolonged rigid posture, occurring for example in schizophrenia or in hypnotic trances
C16: from Medieval Latin catalēpsia, variant of Late Latin catalēpsis, from Greek katalēpsis, literally: a seizing, from katalambanein to hold down, from kata- down + lambanein to grasp
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Word Origin and History for catalepsy
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- A condition that occurs in a variety of physical and psychological disorders and is characterized by lack of response to external stimuli and by muscular rigidity, so that the limbs remain in whatever position they are placed.
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