Definition of catalepsy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkadlˌepsē/


A medical condition characterized by a trance or seizure with a loss of sensation and consciousness accompanied by rigidity of the body.
Example sentences
  • Furthermore, high dose morphine is well reported as a cause of rigidity, catalepsy, akathisia, and myoclonus, which must add to the difficulty of interpreting pain on the basis of observation alone.
  • Indications that patients were in hypnosis included observation of eyelid fluttering, catalepsy, and slowed respiration.
  • The term ‘atypical’ was originally used to describe drugs that in animal models predict antipsychotic effects but do not produce catalepsy, most notably clozapine.



Pronunciation: /ˌkadlˈeptik/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • It was postulated that there could have been a particularly nasty strain of rabies - now extinct - in the Middle Ages that caused its sufferers to fall into a cataleptic coma that mocked death.
  • Among other things, he was prone to seizures and cataleptic fits.
  • Poor William was so traumatised by this procedure that he suffered a cataleptic fit that his relatives took for death.


Late Middle English: from French catalepsie or late Latin catalepsia, from Greek katalēpsis, from katalambanein 'seize upon'.

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Syllabification: cat·a·lep·sy

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