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noctambulism

[ nok-tam-byuh-liz-uhm ]
/ nɒkˈtæm byəˌlɪz əm /
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noun
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Also noc·tam·bu·la·tion [nok-tam-byuh-ley-shuhn] /nɒkˌtæm byəˈleɪ ʃən/ .

Origin of noctambulism

First recorded in 1855–60; noctambul(ous) + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM noctambulism

noc·tam·bu·list, noc·tam·bule [nok-tam-byool], /nɒkˈtæm byul/, noun
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How to use noctambulism in a sentence

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

    Sleep Walking and Moon Walking|Isidor Isaak Sadger

British Dictionary definitions for noctambulism

noctambulism

noctambulation (nɒkˌtæmbjʊˈleɪʃən)

/ (nɒkˈtæmbjʊˌlɪzəm) /

noun
another word for somnambulism

Derived forms of noctambulism

noctambulist, noun

Word Origin for noctambulism

C19: from Latin nox night + ambulāre to walk
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Medical definitions for noctambulism

noctambulism
[ nŏk-tămbyə-lĭz′əm ]

n.
sleepwalking
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