|1.||sudden temporary paralysis, brought on by severe shock|
|2.||a state of complete absence of movement assumed by animals while shamming death|
|[C19: from Greek kataplēxis amazement, from kataplēssein to strike down (with amazement), confound, from kata- down + plēssein to strike]|
cataplexy cat·a·plex·y (kāt'ə-plěk'sē)
A sudden loss of muscle tone and strength, usually caused by an intense emotional stimulus.