twilight-sleep

twilight sleep

noun Medicine/Medical.
a state of semiconsciousness, usually produced by hypodermic injections of scopolamine and morphine, used chiefly to effect relatively painless childbirth.

Origin:
1910–15

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twilight sleep
 
n
med a state of partial anaesthesia in which the patient retains a slight degree of consciousness

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twilight sleep twi·light sleep (twī'līt')
n.
An amnesic condition characterized by insensibility to pain without loss of consciousness, induced by an injection of morphine and scopolamine, formerly used to relieve the pain of childbirth.

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