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English definition of “narcolepsy”


noun [U]     /ˈnɑː.kə US  /ˈnɑːr.kə-/
a medical condition that makes you go to sleep suddenly and when you do not expect itDisorders of muscles and the nervous system narcoleptic     /ˌnɑː.kəˈlep.tɪk/ US  /ˌnɑːr.kə-/ noun [C], adjective Disorders of muscles and the nervous system
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