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somnambulism

[ som-nam-byuh-liz-uhm, suhm- ]
/ sɒmˈnæm byəˌlɪz əm, səm- /
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noun
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Origin of somnambulism

First recorded in 1790–1800; from French somnambulisme, from New Latin somnambulismus, equivalent to somn(us) “sleep” + ambul(āre) “to walk” + -ismus -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM somnambulism

som·nam·bu·list, noun
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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 of somnambulism

somnambulist, nounsomnambulistic, adjective
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