- a condition characterized by frequent and uncontrollable periods of deep sleep.
Origin of narcolepsy
Related Words for narcolepticdrained, distressed, sleepy, overworked, fatigued, stale, bored, annoyed, irritated, exasperated, faint, beat, jaded, spent, worn, drooping, finished, wasted, enervated, flagging
- pathol a rare condition characterized by sudden and uncontrollable episodes of deep sleep
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.
- A disorder characterized by sudden and uncontrollable, though often brief, attacks of deep sleep, sometimes accompanied by paralysis and hallucinations.hypnolepsy