Catalepsy

  • 1 Catalepsy — 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 catalepsy — (n.) late 14c., cathalempsia, from M.L. catalepsia, from Gk. katalepsis a seizure, a seizing upon, a taking possession, from kataleptos seized, from katalambanein to seize upon, from kata down (see CATA (Cf. cata )) + lambanein to take (see …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 catalepsy — ► NOUN ▪ a medical condition in which a person suffers a trance or seizure with a loss of sensation and consciousness accompanied by rigidity of the body. DERIVATIVES cataleptic adjective & noun. ORIGIN Greek katal psis, from katalambanein seize… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4 catalepsy — [kat′ə lep΄sē] n. [LL catalepsis < Gr katalēpsis, a seizing, grasping < katalambanein < kata , down + lambanein, to take, seize: for IE base see LATCH] a condition in which consciousness and feeling seem to be temporarily lost, and the… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Catalepsy — This page is about the medical condition, for the deathcore band, see Catalepsy (band)Catalepsy is a nervous condition characterized by muscular rigidity and fixity of posture regardless of external stimuli, as well as decreased sensitivity to… …

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  • 6 catalepsy —   n. rigid or trance like fit.    ♦ cataleptic, a.    ♦ cataleptiform, a. like catalepsy …

    Dictionary of difficult words

  • 7 catalepsy — noun (plural sies) Etymology: Middle English catalempsi, from Medieval Latin catalepsia, from Late Latin catalepsis, from Greek katalēpsis, literally, act of seizing, from katalambanein to seize, from kata + lambanein to take more at latch Date:… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 8 catalepsy — n. [Gr. katalepsis, seizure] A state of immobilization in which the body and limbs are often plastic with muscle rigidity in the limbs retaining any unusual position into which they are placed; cataleptic adj., n …

    Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • 9 catalepsy — cataleptic, adj., n. cataleptically, adv. /kat l ep see/, n. Pathol., Psychiatry. a physical condition usually associated with catatonic schizophrenia, characterized by suspension of sensation, muscular rigidity, fixity of posture, and often by… …

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  • 10 catalepsy — noun severe bodily condition, described in psychiatric pathology, marked by sudden rigidity, fixation of posture, and loss of contact with environmental conditions See Also: catatonic, catatonia …

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  • 11 Catalepsy — The state of persisting in unusual postures or facial expressions, regardless of outside stimuli, as is seen in schizophrenia and some other diseases of the nervous system. * * * A condition characterized by waxy rigidity of the limbs, which may… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 12 catalepsy — Synonyms and related words: KO, abeyance, amnesia, apathy, apoplexy, blackout, cataplexy, catatonia, catatonic stupor, catatony, coma, daydreaming, daze, deadliness, deathliness, diplegia, dormancy, dream state, encephalitis lethargica, entropy,… …

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  • 13 catalepsy — n. (Medicine) muscular rigidity and lack of contact with the environment (associated with schizophrenia) …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 14 catalepsy — [ kat(ə)lɛpsi] noun a medical condition characterized by a trance or seizure with a loss of sensation and consciousness accompanied by rigidity of the body. Derivatives cataleptic adjective &noun Origin ME: from Fr. catalepsie or late L.… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 15 catalepsy — n. (Med.) Trance …

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  • 16 catalepsy — noun (U) a medical condition in which you cannot control your movements so that your body becomes stiff like a dead body or remains in whatever position it is placed cataleptic adjective …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 catalepsy — cat·a·lep·sy …

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  • 18 catalepsy — n. the abnormal maintenance of postures, occurring in catatonia. These may have arisen spontaneously or they may be induced by the examiner …

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  • 19 catalepsy — UK [ˈkætəˌlepsɪ] / US [ˈkætlˌepsɪ] noun [uncountable] medical a medical condition in which you become unconscious and your body becomes stiff and fixed in position …

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  • 20 catalepsy — cat•a•lep•sy [[t]ˈkæt lˌɛp si[/t]] also cat a•lep′sis n. pat a seizure or abnormal condition characterized by postural rigidity and mental stupor, associated with certain brain disorders • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME cathalempsia < ML catalēpsia …

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