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[hip-nuh-pom-pik] /ˌhɪp nəˈpɒm pɪk/
adjective, Psychology
of or relating to the semiconscious state prior to complete wakefulness.
Origin of hypnopompic
1900-05; hypno- + Greek pomp() sending away (see pomp) + -ic Unabridged
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  • The hypnopompic hallucinations described by Myers arise in the same way.

  • The last dreams of the night or hypnopompic visions generally dramatize our awakening in picturesque, symbolical fashion.

    Psychoanalysis Andr Tridon
British Dictionary definitions for hypnopompic


(psychol) relating to the state existing between sleep and full waking, characterized by the persistence of dreamlike imagery See also hypnagogic
Word Origin
C20: from hypno- + Greek pompē a sending forth, escort + -ic; see pomp
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Word Origin and History for hypnopompic

pertaining to the state of consciousness when awaking from sleep, 1901, from hypno- "sleep" + Greek pompe "sending away," from pempein "to send."

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hypnopompic in Medicine

hypnopompic hyp·no·pom·pic (hĭp'nə-pŏm'pĭk)
Of or relating to the partially conscious state that precedes complete awakening from sleep.

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