adjective Psychology.

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

Nearby words

  1. hypnology,
  2. hypnone,
  3. hypnopaedia,
  4. hypnopedia,
  5. hypnophobia,
  6. hypnos,
  7. hypnosis,
  8. hypnotherapist,
  9. hypnotherapy,
  10. hypnotic

Origin of hypnopompic

1900–05; hypno- + Greek pomp(ḗ) sending away (see pomp) + -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for hypnopompic



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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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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Medicine definitions for hypnopompic




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

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