What does Catalepsy mean?

Catalepsy meaning in General Dictionary

A sudden suspension of sensation and volition the body and limbs preserving the position that may be given them while the action of the heart and lungs continues

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  • a trancelike state with reduced voluntary movement and failure to answer stimuli
  • Alt. of Catalepsis

Catalepsy meaning in Medical Dictionary

A body's persistence in strange postures, with waxy rigidity associated with limbs, mutism, and full inactivity, irrespective of outside stimuli, as it is occasionally observed in catatonic schizophrenia.


Catalepsy meaning in Etymology Dictionary

belated 14c., cathalempsia, from Medieval Latin catalepsia, from Late Latin catalepsis, from Greek katalepsis "a seizure, a seizing upon, a taking possession," from kataleptos "seized," from katalambanein "to seize upon," from kata- "down" (see cata-) + lambanein "to just take" (see analemma).


Sentence Examples with the word Catalepsy

Hypnotic somnambulism and hypnotic catalepsy are not the only or the most profound changes of nervous condition that hypnosis can induce.

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