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Meaning of CATALEPSY

Pronunciation:  'kat`lepsee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a trancelike state with loss of voluntary motion and failure to react to stimuli

CATALEPSY is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: hypersomnia



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cat"a*lep`sy\, Catalepsis \Cat`a*lep"sis\, n. [NL.
catalepsis, fr. Gr. ? a seizure, fr. ? to seize upon; kata`
down + ? to take, seize.] (Med.)
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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