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
- a trancelike state with reduced voluntary movement and failure to answer stimuli
- Alt. of Catalepsis
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.
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).
Hypnotic somnambulism and hypnotic catalepsy are not the only or the most profound changes of nervous condition that hypnosis can induce.