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.
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- cat·a·lep·tic, adjective, noun
- cat·a·lep·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use catalepsy in a sentence
Dr. Coleridge "considered it to be a contagious nervous disease, the acme or intensest form of which is catalepsy."Second Edition of A Discovery Concerning Ghosts | George Cruikshank
But even as he spoke he stiffened as a man suddenly struck with catalepsy.The Proud Prince | Justin Huntly McCarthy
Other critics have tried to explain the Prophet's actions by some kind of a catalepsy, from which, they claim, he suffered.The Prophet Ezekiel | Arno C. Gaebelein
Filled with a vague fear, he tried to waken his wife, but she was like one in a state of catalepsy.Myths And Legends Of Our Own Land, Complete | Charles M. Skinner
Undoubtedly it was a case of catalepsy, and Enistor felt curious to see the man who had been so nearly buried alive.A Son of Perdition | Fergus Hume
British Dictionary definitions for catalepsy
a state of prolonged rigid posture, occurring for example in schizophrenia or in hypnotic trances
- cataleptic, adjective
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