[ kat-uh-plek-see ]
/ ˈkæt əˌplɛk si /
Pathology. a condition characterized by sudden, brief attacks of muscle weakness sometimes causing the body to fall helplessly, that is usually triggered by strong emotion: often associated with narcolepsy.
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Origin of cataplexy
OTHER WORDS FROM cataplexycat·a·plec·tic [kat-uh-plek-tik] /ˌkæt əˈplɛk tɪk/, adjective
Words nearby cataplexy
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British Dictionary definitions for cataplexy
/ (ˈkætəˌplɛksɪ) /
sudden temporary paralysis, brought on by severe shock
a state of complete absence of movement assumed by animals while shamming death
Derived forms of cataplexycataplectic, adjective
Word Origin for cataplexy
C19: from Greek kataplēxis amazement, from kataplēssein to strike down (with amazement), confound, from kata- down + plēssein to strike
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Medical definitions for cataplexy
[ kăt′ə-plĕk′sē ]
A sudden loss of muscle tone and strength, usually caused by an intense emotional stimulus.
Other words from cataplexycat′a•plec′tic (-plĕk′tĭk) adj.
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