having catatonia, a syndrome characterized by muscular rigidity and mental stupor: The schizophrenic remained in a catatonic state.
appearing to be in a daze or stupor; unresponsive: She had the catatonic expression of an avant-garde model.


a person who suffers from catatonia.

Related formscat·a·ton·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for catatonic

comatose, confused, hung, suspended, unconscious, wedged

Examples from the Web for catatonic

Contemporary Examples of catatonic

Historical Examples of catatonic

  • But I think he is catatonic now; he has lost all touch with the outside.

    The Penal Cluster

    Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)

  • You say he was in a state of catatonic shock when they removed him from the machine?

    The Dueling Machine

    Benjamin William Bova

  • An important "catatonic" symptom is a tendency to sudden, impulsive, unexplainable acts.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • The stupor merged into a catatonic state merely by the development of the inconsistency in her affective reactions.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • The author comments on the absence of senseless motor phenomena, such as would be expected in a "catatonic."

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

Word Origin and History for catatonic

1899, from catatonia + -ic. As a noun from 1902.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper