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[kat-uh-ton-ik] /ˌkæt əˈtɒn ɪk/
having catatonia, a syndrome characterized by muscular rigidity and mental stupor:
The schizophrenic remained in a catatonic state.
appearing to be in a daze or stupor; unresponsive:
She had the catatonic expression of an avant-garde model.
a person who suffers from catatonia.
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catatonically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Two men with rifles plunged into the gas; sighing, they fell to the floor in a catatonic trance.

    The Green Beret Thomas Edward Purdom
  • But I think he is catatonic now; he has lost all touch with the outside.

    The Penal Cluster Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
  • June 28, 1911:—He remains in same apparent stuporous and catatonic attitude.

  • You say he was in a state of catatonic shock when they removed him from the machine?

    The Dueling Machine Benjamin William Bova
  • Kutner, in a work on the catatonic states in degenerates, describes this condition at length.

  • An important "catatonic" symptom is a tendency to sudden, impulsive, unexplainable acts.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
Word Origin and History for catatonic

1899, from catatonia + -ic. As a noun from 1902.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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catatonic in Technology

A description of a system that gives no indication that it is still working. This might be because it has crashed without being able to give any error message or because it is busy but not designed to give any feedback.
Compare buzz.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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