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hypnagogic

[hip-nuh-goj-ik, -goh-jik]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to drowsiness.
  2. inducing drowsiness.
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Origin of hypnagogic

1885–90; < French hypnagogique; see hypn(o)-, -agogue, -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for hypnagogic

hypnagogic

hypnogogic

adjective
  1. psychol of or relating to the state just before one is fully asleepSee also hypnagogic image, hypnopompic
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Word Origin

C19: from French hypnagogique; see hypno-, -agogic
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Word Origin and History for hypnagogic

adj.

1868, from French hypnagogique, from Greek hypnos "sleep" (see somnolence) + agogos "leading" (see act). Etymologically, "inducing sleep," but used mostly with a sense "pertaining to the state of consciousness when falling asleep."

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hypnagogic in Medicine

hypnagogic

adj.
  1. Inducing sleep; soporific.
  2. Of or relating to the state of drowsiness preceding sleep.
  3. Relating to the images or hallucinations sometimes perceived during this state.
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