Definition of “catalepsy” - English Dictionary

“catalepsy” in English

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catalepsynoun [ U ]

uk /ˈkæt.ə us /ˈkæt̬.ə
adjective uk /ˌkæt.əˈlep.tɪk/ us /ˌkæt̬.əˈlep.tɪk/

Examples from literature

  • Catalepsy is produced by a sudden sharp noise, or by the sight of a brightly gleaming object. 
  • For the moment, I thought he had been seized with a fit of catalepsy. 
  • He hurried back into the room and found his patient in a state of catalepsy. 
  • I was in a kind of conscious catalepsy. 
  • Nearly all the means for producing hypnotism will, if carried to just the right degree, produce catalepsy. 

(Definition of “catalepsy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)