[ kat-l-ep-see ]
/ ˈkæt lˌɛp si /
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.
Origin of catalepsy
Related formscat·a·lep·tic, adjective, nouncat·a·lep·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for cataleptically
/ (ˈkætəˌlɛpsɪ) /
a state of prolonged rigid posture, occurring for example in schizophrenia or in hypnotic trances
Derived Formscataleptic, 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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Medicine definitions for cataleptically
[ kăt′l-ĕp′sē ]
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.
Related formscat′a•lep′tic (kăt′l-ĕp′tĭk) adj.cat′a•lep′toid′ adj.
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