- a state of stupor or drowsiness.
- a state of stupor or greatly reduced activity produced by a drug.Compare nitrogen narcosis.
Origin of narcosis
Related Words for narcosiscoma, trance, slumber, puzzlement, bewilderment, perplexity, stupor, inertness, lethargy, sleep, languor, anesthesia, swoon, stupefaction, torpor, insensibility, hebetude, amazement, inertia, numbness
Examples from the Web for narcosis
Historical Examples of narcosis
Ants show similar symptoms after narcosis by means of chloroform.Criminal Man
He sees already that it is not stimulus but narcosis which is ruining the drunkard.
The narcosis has no relation to the stimulation but one of accidental sequence.
It is thus probable that no alcohol can be transformed after narcosis begins.
The very air of the room was heavy with the narcosis of embarrassment.The Helpers
- unconsciousness induced by narcotics or general anaesthetics
Word Origin and History for narcosis
1690s, "state of unconsciousness caused by a narcotic," Modern Latin, from Greek narkosis, from narkoun "to benumb" (see narcotic (n.)).
- General and nonspecific reversible depression of neuronal excitability, produced by a physical or chemical agent, usually resulting in stupor rather than in anesthesia.