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microsleep

[ mahy-kroh-sleep ]
/ ˈmaɪ kroʊˌslip /
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noun Psychology.
a moment of sleep followed by disorientation, experienced especially by persons with narcolepsy or those affected by sleep deprivation.
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Origin of microsleep

First recorded in 1940–45; micro- + sleep
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British Dictionary definitions for microsleep

microsleep
/ (ˈmaɪkrəʊˌsliːp) /

noun
a period of sleep which is so momentary as to be imperceptible
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Medical definitions for microsleep

microsleep
[ mīkrə-slēp′ ]

n.
A period of sleep that lasts up to a few seconds, usually experienced by narcoleptics or by severely sleep-deprived people.
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