A state of stupor, drowsiness, or unconsciousness produced by drugs. See also nitrogen narcosis.
- Once you begin on the slippery slope of hypothermia, secondary problems such as narcosis and decompression sickness begin to increase drastically.
- One possibility is that CO2 narcosis impaired cognitive function.
- Prolonged narcosis was introduced in the 1920s.
Late 17th century: from Greek narkōsis, from narkoun 'make numb'.
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