twilight sleep

  1. 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

Words Nearby twilight sleep Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use twilight sleep in a sentence

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for twilight sleep

twilight sleep

  1. med a state of partial anaesthesia in which the patient retains a slight degree of consciousness

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