- a state of semiconsciousness, usually produced by hypodermic injections of scopolamine and morphine, used chiefly to effect relatively painless childbirth.
Origin of twilight sleep
First recorded in 1910–15
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The "twilight-sleep" injections are not started until the patient is in the stage of active labor.The Mother and Her Child
William S. Sadler
- med a state of partial anaesthesia in which the patient retains a slight degree of consciousness
- An amnesic condition characterized by insensibility to pain without loss of consciousness, induced by an injection of morphine and scopolamine, formerly used to relieve the pain of childbirth.
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