catalepsis

catalepsy

[kat-l-ep-see]
noun Pathology, Psychiatry.
a physical condition usually associated with catatonic schizophrenia, characterized by suspension of sensation, muscular rigidity, fixity of posture, and often by loss of contact with environment.
Also, catalepsis.


Origin:
1350–1400; < Medieval Latin catalēpsia, variant of Late Latin catalēpsis < Greek katálēpsis seizure (akin to katalambánein to hold down), equivalent to kata- cata- + lêpsis a grasping (lēp-, variant stem of lambánein to grasp + -sis -sis); replacing Middle English cathalempsia < Medieval Latin

cataleptic, adjective, noun
cataleptically, adverb
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catalepsy (ˈkætəˌlɛpsɪ)
 
n
a state of prolonged rigid posture, occurring for example in schizophrenia or in hypnotic trances
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin catalēpsia, variant of Late Latin catalēpsis, from Greek katalēpsis, literally: a seizing, from katalambanein to hold down, from kata- down + lambanein to grasp]
 
cata'leptic
 
adj

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catalepsy
late 14c., cathalempsia, from M.L. catalepsia, from Gk. katalepsis "a seizing upon," from kataleptos "seized," from katalambanein "to seize upon," from kata- "down" + lambanein "to take" (see analemma)
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catalepsy cat·a·lep·sy (kāt'l-ěp'sē)
n.
A condition that occurs in a variety of physical and psychological disorders and is characterized by lack of response to external stimuli and by muscular rigidity, so that the limbs remain in whatever position they are placed.


cat'a·lep'tic (kāt'l-ěp'tĭk) adj.
cat'a·lep'toid' adj.
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