a syndrome seen most frequently in schizophrenia, characterized by muscular rigidity and mental stupor, sometimes alternating with great excitement and confusion.
- cat·a·to·ni·ac, noun
- cat·a·ton·ic [kat-uh-ton-ik], /ˌkæt əˈtɒn ɪk/, adjective, noun
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How to use catatonia in a sentence
Recently, he’s been asked to study the robot’s effect on patients with catatonia, an affliction that causes people to freeze their movements uncontrollably.Humans are so social that we try to fit in with robots | Charlotte Hu | January 23, 2022 | Popular-Science
It is true that it is frequent in catatonia but is not exclusively there.
Taxonomic zeal began to blind vision when Kahlbaum formulated his "catatonia" and included stupor in the symptom complex.
Fortunately Kahlbaum prevented serious error by leaving the prognosis of his catatonia open.
Most of these cases are usually called catatonia, depression, allied to manic-depressive insanity or allied to dementia prcox.
After weeks of neglecting his tip sheet to study catatonia, he felt close to the payoff.At the Post | Horace Leonard Gold
British Dictionary definitions for catatonia
a state of muscular rigidity and stupor, sometimes found in schizophrenia
- catatonic (ˌkætəˈtɒnɪk), adjective, noun
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