or noc·tam·bu·la·tion

[ nok-tam-byuh-liz-uh m or nok-tam-byuh-ley-shuh n ]
/ nɒkˈtæm byəˌlɪz əm or 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for noctambulism

  • 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


noctambulation (nɒkˌtæmbjʊˈleɪʃən)

/ (nɒkˈtæmbjʊˌlɪzəm) /


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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Medicine definitions for noctambulism

[ nŏk-tămbyə-lĭz′əm ]


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