noun (plural -sies) Etymology: Middle English catalempsi, from Medieval Latin catalepsia, from Late Latin catalepsis, from Greek katalēpsis, literally, act of seizing, from katalambanein to seize, from kata- + lambanein to take — more at latch Date: 14th century a trancelike state marked by loss of voluntary motion in which the limbs remain in whatever position they are placed • cataleptic adjective or nouncataleptically adverb

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  • Catalepsy — Cat a*lep sy, ||Catalepsis Cat a*lep sis, n. [NL. catalepsis, fr. Gr. ? a seizure, fr. ? to seize upon; kata down + ? to take, seize.] (Med.) A sudden suspension of sensation and volition, the body and limbs preserving the position that may be… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • catalepsy — (n.) late 14c., cathalempsia, from M.L. catalepsia, from Gk. katalepsis a seizure, a seizing upon, a taking possession, from kataleptos seized, from katalambanein to seize upon, from kata down (see CATA (Cf. cata )) + lambanein to take (see …   Etymology dictionary

  • catalepsy — ► NOUN ▪ a medical condition in which a person suffers a trance or seizure with a loss of sensation and consciousness accompanied by rigidity of the body. DERIVATIVES cataleptic adjective & noun. ORIGIN Greek katal psis, from katalambanein seize… …   English terms dictionary

  • catalepsy — [kat′ə lep΄sē] n. [LL catalepsis < Gr katalēpsis, a seizing, grasping < katalambanein < kata , down + lambanein, to take, seize: for IE base see LATCH] a condition in which consciousness and feeling seem to be temporarily lost, and the… …   English World dictionary

  • Catalepsy — This page is about the medical condition, for the deathcore band, see Catalepsy (band)Catalepsy is a nervous condition characterized by muscular rigidity and fixity of posture regardless of external stimuli, as well as decreased sensitivity to… …   Wikipedia

  • catalepsy —   n. rigid or trance like fit.    ♦ cataleptic, a.    ♦ cataleptiform, a. like catalepsy …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • catalepsy — n. [Gr. katalepsis, seizure] A state of immobilization in which the body and limbs are often plastic with muscle rigidity in the limbs retaining any unusual position into which they are placed; cataleptic adj., n …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • catalepsy — cataleptic, adj., n. cataleptically, adv. /kat l ep see/, n. Pathol., Psychiatry. a physical condition usually associated with catatonic schizophrenia, characterized by suspension of sensation, muscular rigidity, fixity of posture, and often by… …   Universalium

  • catalepsy — noun severe bodily condition, described in psychiatric pathology, marked by sudden rigidity, fixation of posture, and loss of contact with environmental conditions See Also: catatonic, catatonia …   Wiktionary

  • Catalepsy — The state of persisting in unusual postures or facial expressions, regardless of outside stimuli, as is seen in schizophrenia and some other diseases of the nervous system. * * * A condition characterized by waxy rigidity of the limbs, which may… …   Medical dictionary

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