[ hip-nuh-pom-pik ]
/ ˌhɪp nəˈpɒm pɪk /

adjective Psychology.

of or relating to the semiconscious state prior to complete wakefulness.

Origin of hypnopompic

1900–05; hypno- + Greek pomp(ḗ) sending away (see pomp) + -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for hypnopompic

/ (ˌhɪpnəʊˈpɒmpɪk) /


psychol relating to the state existing between sleep and full waking, characterized by the persistence of dreamlike imagerySee also hypnagogic

Word Origin for hypnopompic

C20: from hypno- + Greek pompē a sending forth, escort + -ic; see pomp
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Medical definitions for hypnopompic

[ hĭp′nə-pŏmpĭk ]


Of or relating to the partially conscious state that precedes complete awakening from sleep.
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