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.

Nearby words

  1. hypnogenesis,
  2. hypnogenetic,
  3. hypnogenic spot,
  4. hypnograph,
  5. hypnoid,
  6. hypnolepsy,
  7. hypnology,
  8. hypnone,
  9. hypnopaedia,
  10. hypnopedia

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



hypnoidal (hɪpˈnɔɪdəl)

/ (ˈhɪpˌnɔɪd) /


psychol of or relating to a state resembling sleep or hypnosis


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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