microsleep

[mahy-kroh-sleep]

noun Psychology.

a moment of sleep followed by disorientation, experienced especially by persons suffering from narcolepsy or sleep deprivation.

Origin of microsleep

First recorded in 1940–45; micro- + sleep
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Related Words for microsleep

intermission, pause, nod, catnap, spot, rest, interlude, break, doze, respite, shuteye, siesta, snooze

British Dictionary definitions for microsleep

microsleep

noun

a period of sleep which is so momentary as to be imperceptible
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