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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Definitions for narcolepsy

  1. a disorder characterized by uncontrollable bouts of sleepiness during the daytime, occasional loss of muscle power and paralysis, and hallucinations during sleep

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Citations for narcolepsy
This story of Sleeping Beauty centers on the independent, headstrong Briar Rose, a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty who suffers a persistent and seemingly incurable case of narcolepsy. , Denver Post
Biologically speaking, sleep loss has been shown to increase inflammatory responses, which may underlie pathological sleepiness in sleep apnea and narcolepsy disturb our metabolism, increase the risk of cardiovascular problems and decrease our life span. Sara Mednick, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Origin of narcolepsy
by 1880, from French narcolepsie, coined 1880 by physician Jean-Baptiste-Édouard Gélineau (1859-1928) from combining form of Greek narke "numbness, stupor" + lepsis "an attack, seizure."