[ hip-nuh-goj-ik, -goh-jik ]
/ ˌhɪp nəˈgɒdʒ ɪk, -ˈgoʊ dʒɪk /


of or relating to drowsiness.
inducing drowsiness.

Origin of hypnagogic

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



/ (ˌhɪpnəˈɡɒdʒɪk) /


psychol of or relating to the state just before one is fully asleepSee also hypnagogic image, hypnopompic

Word Origin for hypnagogic

C19: from French hypnagogique; see hypno-, -agogic
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Medical definitions for hypnagogic



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