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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 of twilight sleep
1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The "twilight-sleep" injections are not started until the patient is in the stage of active labor.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
British Dictionary definitions for twilight-sleep

twilight sleep

(med) a state of partial anaesthesia in which the patient retains a slight degree of consciousness
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twilight-sleep in Medicine

twilight sleep twi·light sleep (twī'līt')
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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