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hypnagogic

[hip-nuh-goj-ik, -goh-jik] /ˌhɪp nəˈgɒdʒ ɪk, -ˈgoʊ dʒɪk/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to drowsiness.
2.
inducing drowsiness.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < French hypnagogique; see hypn(o)-, -agogue, -ic
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  • hypnagogic hallucinations-hallucinations which occur between sleep and wakening.
British Dictionary definitions for hypnagogic

hypnagogic

/ˌhɪpnəˈɡɒdʒɪk/
adjective
1.
(psychol) of or relating to the state just before one is fully asleep See also hypnagogic image, hypnopompic
Word Origin
C19: from French hypnagogique; see hypno-, -agogic
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Word Origin and History for hypnagogic
adj.

1868, from French hypnagogique, from Greek hypnos "sleep" (see somnolence) + agogos "leading" (see act). Etymologically, "inducing sleep," but used mostly with a sense "pertaining to the state of consciousness when falling asleep."

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hypnagogic in Medicine

hypnagogic hyp·na·gog·ic or hyp·no·gog·ic (hĭp'nə-gŏj'ĭk, -gō'jĭk)
adj.

  1. Inducing sleep; soporific.

  2. Of or relating to the state of drowsiness preceding sleep.

  3. Relating to the images or hallucinations sometimes perceived during this state.

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