[ nahr-koh-uh-nal-uh-sis ]
/ ˌnɑr koʊ əˈnæl ə sɪs /


a method of psychological investigation in which the conscious or unconscious unwillingness of a subject to express memories or feelings is diminished by the use of a barbiturate drug.
Compare truth serum.

Origin of narcoanalysis

First recorded in 1935–40; narco- + analysis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for narcoanalysis


/ (ˌnɑːkəʊəˈnælɪsɪs) /


psychoanalysis of a patient in a trance induced by a narcotic drug
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Medicine definitions for narcoanalysis


[ när′kō-ə-nălĭ-sĭs ]

n. pl. nar•co•a•nal•y•ses (-sēz′)

Psychotherapy conducted while the patient is in a sleeplike state induced by barbiturates or other drugs, especially as a means of releasing repressed feelings or thoughts.narcosynthesis

Related forms

nar′co•an′a•lytic (-ăn′ə-lĭtĭk) adj.
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