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adjective Psychology.
  1. of or relating to the semiconscious state prior to complete wakefulness.
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Origin of hypnopompic

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


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

C20: from hypno- + Greek pompē a sending forth, escort + -ic; see pomp
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Word Origin and History for hypnopompic


pertaining to the state of consciousness when awaking from sleep, 1901, from hypno- "sleep" + Greek pompe "sending away," from pempein "to send."

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hypnopompic in Medicine


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