somnambulism

[ som-nam-byuh-liz-uh m, suh m- ]
/ sɒmˈnæm byəˌlɪz əm, səm- /

noun

Origin of somnambulism

1790–1800; < New Latin somnambulismus, equivalent to somn(us) sleep + ambul(āre) to walk + -ismus -ism

Related forms

som·nam·bu·list, nounsom·nam·bu·lis·tic, adjectivesem·i·som·nam·bu·lis·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for somnambulism

somnambulism

/ (sɒmˈnæmbjʊˌlɪzəm) /

noun

a condition that is characterized by walking while asleep or in a hypnotic tranceAlso called: noctambulism

Derived Forms

somnambulist, nounsomnambulistic, adjective
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Medicine definitions for somnambulism

somnambulism

[ sŏm-nămbyə-lĭz′əm ]

n.

sleepwalking

Related forms

som•nam′bu•listic adj.
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