or noc·tam·bu·la·tion

[nok-tam-byuh-liz-uh m or nok-tam-byuh-ley-shuh n]


Origin of noctambulism

First recorded in 1855–60; noctambul(ous) + -ism
Related formsnoc·tam·bu·list, noc·tam·bule [nok-tam-byool] /nɒkˈtæm byul/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for noctambulism

noctambulism, somnambulation, somnambulism, somnambulance

Examples from the Web for noctambulism

Historical Examples of noctambulism

  • Sleep walking or night wandering, known also by its Latin name of noctambulism, is a well-known phenomenon.

British Dictionary definitions for noctambulism


noctambulation (nɒkˌtæmbjʊˈleɪʃən)


another word for somnambulism
Derived Formsnoctambulist, noun

Word Origin for noctambulism

C19: from Latin nox night + ambulāre to walk
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noctambulism in Medicine




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