[ kat-l-ep-see ]
/ ˈkæt lˌɛp si /
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noun Pathology, Psychiatry.
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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Origin of catalepsy
OTHER WORDS FROM catalepsycat·a·lep·tic, adjective, nouncat·a·lep·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use catalepsy in a sentence
There are such, put in the spiritualist; for instance—crabs; they are very nervous, and are easily thrown into a cataleptic state.Smoke|Turgenev Ivan Sergeevich
A cataleptic dream would explain it all; and I was determined that a dream it should be.J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 1|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
And all of this the senseless seaman heard—for—he was in a cataleptic fit, where he could hear, but could not move.Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea|Charles H. L. Johnston
He tried to stir and found that it couldn't be done; every muscle seemed tied in a cataleptic state.The Brain|Alexander Blade
The figure sits and leans forward in the chair, straining and rigid, cataleptic with horror.The Last of the Legions and Other Tales of Long Ago|Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for catalepsy
/ (ˈkætəˌlɛpsɪ) /
a state of prolonged rigid posture, occurring for example in schizophrenia or in hypnotic trances
Derived forms of catalepsycataleptic, adjective
Word Origin for catalepsy
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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