cat-atonic

catatonic

[kat-uh-ton-ik]
adjective
1.
having catatonia, a syndrome characterized by muscular rigidity and mental stupor: The schizophrenic remained in a catatonic state.
2.
appearing to be in a daze or stupor; unresponsive: She had the catatonic expression of an avant-garde model.
noun
3.
a person who suffers from catatonia.

catatonically, adverb
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Word Origin & History

catatonic
1908, from Mod.L. catatonia, replacing katatonia (1880s), which was formed directly from Gk. kata- "down" + tonos "tone" (see tenet).
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Slang Dictionary

catatonic

adj. Describes a condition of suspended animation in which something is so wedged or hung that it makes no response. If you are typing on a terminal and suddenly the computer doesn't even echo the letters back to the screen as you type, let alone do what you're asking it to do, then the computer is suffering from catatonia (possibly because it has crashed). "There I was in the middle of a winning game of nethack and it went catatonic on me! Aaargh!" Compare buzz.
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