narcosis

[nahr-koh-sis]
noun
1.
a state of stupor or drowsiness.
2.
a state of stupor or greatly reduced activity produced by a drug. Compare nitrogen narcosis.
Also called narcotism.


Origin:
1685–95; < Neo-Latin < Greek nárkōsis. See narc-, -osis

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narcosis (nɑːˈkəʊsɪs)
 
n
unconsciousness induced by narcotics or general anaesthetics

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narcosis
1693, "state of unconsciousness caused by a narcotic," from Mod.L., from Gk. narkosis, from narkoun "to benumb" (see narcotic).
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narcosis nar·co·sis (när-kō'sĭs)
n. pl. nar·co·ses (-sēz)
General and nonspecific reversible depression of neuronal excitability, produced by a physical or chemical agent, usually resulting in stupor rather than in anesthesia.

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