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noctambulism

or noc·tam·bu·la·tion

[nok-tam-byuh-liz-uh m or nok-tam-byuh-ley-shuh n]
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noun
  1. somnambulism.
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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
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Examples from the Web for noctambulism

Historical Examples

  • 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)

noun
  1. another word for somnambulism
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Derived Formsnoctambulist, noun

Word Origin

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

noctambulism

(nŏk-tămbyə-lĭz′əm)
n.
  1. sleepwalking