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noun Psychology.
  1. a moment of sleep followed by disorientation, experienced especially by persons suffering from narcolepsy or sleep deprivation.
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Origin of microsleep

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for microsleep


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