or hyp·noid

[ hip-noid-l or hip-noid ]
/ hɪpˈnɔɪd l or ˈhɪp nɔɪd /

adjective Psychology.

characterizing a state that resembles mild hypnosis but that is usually induced by other than hypnotic means.

Origin of hypnoidal

First recorded in 1895–1900; hypn- + -oid + -al1
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Examples from the Web for hypnoid

  • Many persons cannot under any circumstances be brought beyond such a hypnoid degree.

    Psychotherapy|Hugo Mnsterberg
  • Thus there is no sharp demarcation between suggestions in a waking state and suggestions in a hypnoid state.

    Psychotherapy|Hugo Mnsterberg

British Dictionary definitions for hypnoid (1 of 2)



hypnoidal (hɪpˈnɔɪdəl)

/ (ˈhɪpˌnɔɪd) /


psychol of or relating to a state resembling sleep or hypnosis

British Dictionary definitions for hypnoid (2 of 2)


/ (ˈhɪpˌnɔɪd) /


resembling a moss, specifically a moss of the genus Hypnum

Word Origin for hypnoid

from New Latin hypnum, from Greek hupnon a type of lichen, + -oid
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Medicine definitions for hypnoid


[ hĭpnoid′ ]


Of or resembling hypnosis or sleep.
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