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hypnagogic Line breaks: hypna|gogic
Pronunciation: /ˌhɪpnəˈɡɒdʒɪk/
(also hypnogogic)

Definition of hypnagogic in English:


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.


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

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