Definition of hypnagogic in English:

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hypnagogic

Pronunciation: /ˌhipnəˈɡäjik/
(also hypnogogic)

adjective

Psychology
Relating to the state immediately before falling asleep.
Example sentences
  • These patients also reported and described hypnagogic images upon falling asleep.
  • I wasn't sure whether or not I was suffering from a hypnagogic hallucination!
  • Sleep paralysis occurs in the hypnagogic state or the hypnopompic state.

Derivatives

hypnagogia

noun
Example sentences
  • Saffron decided that she must be hallucinating, experiencing a sort of waking dream as the hypnagogia of her subconscious came to surface.
  • Here, everything resembles hypnagogia (the ‘break-up’).

Origin

Late 19th century: from French hypnagogique, from Greek hupnos 'sleep' + agōgos 'leading' (from agein 'to lead').

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: hyp·na·gog·ic

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