Definition of cataplexy in English:
A medical condition in which strong emotion or laughter causes a person to suffer sudden physical collapse though remaining conscious.
- Not enough people suffer from cataplexy for a major drug company to bother investing in research and development of this medicine.
- You will often also experience cataplexy (sudden loss of muscular control) triggered by emotion, especially amusement, anger, and elation.
- The combination of daytime sleepiness, cataplexy, sleep paralysis, and hypnagogic hallucinations suggested narcolepsy.
Late 19th century: from Greek kataplēxis 'stupefaction', from kataplessein, from kata- 'down' + plēssein 'strike'.
- Example sentences
- The dog had one more cataplectic episode 2 months after discharge and became more and more aggressive.
- She had a history of migraine headaches, but denied loss of consciousness and spontaneous cataplectic episodes.
- During a cataplectic attack, the person is completely awake and later will have total recall of the entire event.
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