narcolepsy

[nahr-kuh-lep-see]
noun Pathology.
a condition characterized by frequent and uncontrollable periods of deep sleep.

Origin:
1875–80; narco- + (epi)lepsy

narcoleptic, adjective, noun
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narcolepsy (ˈnɑːkəˌlɛpsɪ)
 
n
pathol a rare condition characterized by sudden and uncontrollable episodes of deep sleep
 
narco'leptic
 
adj

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narcolepsy
1880, from Fr. narcolepsie, coined 1880 by Fr. physician Jean-Baptiste-Édouard Gélineau (1859-1928) from comb. form of Gk. narke "numbness, stupor" (see narcotic) + lepsis "an attack, seizure."
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narcolepsy nar·co·lep·sy (när'kə-lěp'sē)
n.
A disorder characterized by sudden and uncontrollable, though often brief, attacks of deep sleep, sometimes accompanied by paralysis and hallucinations. Also called hypnolepsy.


nar'co·lep'tic (-lěp'tĭk) adj. & n.
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Example sentences
Narcolepsy is considered a primary hypersomnia condition.
So far, the drug is licensed only for the treatment of narcolepsy.
If the cells' activity decreases, narcolepsy or sudden sleepiness, is the
  result.
Narcolepsy is a life-long problem, but it is not progressive.
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