narcolepsy

[nahr-kuh-lep-see]
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Origin of narcolepsy

First recorded in 1875–80; narco- + (epi)lepsy
Related formsnar·co·lep·tic, adjective, noun
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Related Words for narcolepsy

catalepsy, encephalitis, narcolepsy, trypanosomiasis

Examples from the Web for narcolepsy

Historical Examples of narcolepsy

  • In white subjects, narcolepsy is seldom fatal but has been known to last for years.

    Psychoanalysis

    Andr Tridon


British Dictionary definitions for narcolepsy

narcolepsy

noun
  1. pathol a rare condition characterized by sudden and uncontrollable episodes of deep sleep
Derived Formsnarcoleptic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for narcolepsy
n.

1880, from French narcolepsie, coined 1880 by French physician Jean-Baptiste-Édouard Gélineau (1859-1928) from comb. form of Greek narke "numbness, stupor" (see narcotic) + lepsis "an attack, seizure," from leps-, future stem of lambanein "take hold of, grasp" (see analemma). Related: Narcoleptic; narcolept.

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narcolepsy in Medicine

narcolepsy

[närkə-lĕp′sē]
n.
  1. A disorder characterized by sudden and uncontrollable, though often brief, attacks of deep sleep, sometimes accompanied by paralysis and hallucinations.hypnolepsy
Related formsnar′co•leptic (-lĕptĭk) adj. n.
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