narcolepsy

[ nahr-kuh-lep-see ]
/ ˈnɑr kəˌlɛp si /

noun Pathology.

a condition characterized by frequent and uncontrollable periods of deep sleep.

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Origin of narcolepsy

First recorded in 1875–80; narco- + (epi)lepsy

OTHER WORDS FROM narcolepsy

nar·co·lep·tic, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for narcolepsy

narcolepsy
/ (ˈnɑːkəˌlɛpsɪ) /

noun

pathol a rare condition characterized by sudden and uncontrollable episodes of deep sleep

Derived forms of narcolepsy

narcoleptic, adjective
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Medical definitions for narcolepsy

narcolepsy
[ närkə-lĕp′sē ]

n.

A disorder characterized by sudden and uncontrollable, though often brief, attacks of deep sleep, sometimes accompanied by paralysis and hallucinations.hypnolepsy

Other words from narcolepsy

nar′co•leptic (-lĕptĭk) adj. n.
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