noun Pathology, Psychiatry.
- catalina island,
Origin of catalepsy
Examples from the Web for cataleptic
The following information will help you to understand why you were unable to complete this cataleptic test.
The next stage of hypnosis is known as the cataleptic state and is referred to as the "medium" state.
In the cataleptic subject there is a close relation between the attitude the subject assumes and the intellectual manifestation.
He has been for some years a victim to cataleptic attacks, on which, as is well known, Dr. Trevelyan is an authority.Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes|Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The cataleptic spasm which preceded the reverie and somnambulation in the patient, whose case is related in Sect.Zoonomia, Vol. II|Erasmus Darwin
Word Origin for catalepsy
1680s, from Late Latin catalepticus, from Greek kataleptikos, from kataleptos (see catalepsy). The noun meaning "one affected by catalepsy" is from 1851.
late 14c., cathalempsia, from Medieval Latin catalepsia, from Late Latin catalepsis, from Greek katalepsis "a seizure, a seizing upon, a taking possession," from kataleptos "seized," from katalambanein "to seize upon," from kata- "down" (see cata-) + lambanein "to take" (see analemma).