- 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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She was visited by no more ‘optical illusions’ or ‘cataleptic’ fits.Cruel As The Grave
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I was shocked into something like a cataleptic state, and sat dazed for a while.Yellowstone Nights
In this cataleptic attitude she remained for about a minute.Insomnia; and Other Disorders of Sleep
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Christina had been in a cataleptic fit, or had been shamming death.Curiosities of Olden Times
Lee never knew how long he remained in a sort of cataleptic state.The Brain
- 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 cataleptic
1680s, from Late Latin catalepticus, from Greek kataleptikos, from kataleptos (see catalepsy). The noun meaning "one affected by catalepsy" is from 1851.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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