Definition of narcolepsy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnɑːkə(ʊ)lɛpsi/


[mass noun] Medicine
A condition characterized by an extreme tendency to fall asleep whenever in relaxing surroundings.
Example sentences
  • It was developed to treat narcolepsy, a rare condition that makes people fall asleep unexpectedly and uncontrollably.
  • The drug is used for narcolepsy, a condition in which people fall asleep unexpectedly during the day.
  • While insomnia comes in many forms, there are people with narcolepsy who fall asleep while at work, talking or driving.



Pronunciation: /ˌnɑːkə(ʊ)ˈlɛptɪk/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • However the authors point out that the genetics of human narcolepsy are well defined - most narcoleptics generally do not have first degree relatives with the disorder.
  • Some narcoleptics fall asleep and collapse while crossing the street.
  • The fear that they would put audiences into narcoleptic slumber is probably why proposals for a TV channel to cover events at the world organization are often raised only to be deep-sixed.


Late 19th century: from Greek narkē 'numbness', on the pattern of epilepsy.

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