Definition of “catatonic” - English Dictionary

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“catatonic” in British English

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catatonicadjective

uk /ˌkæt.əˈtɒn.ɪk/ us /ˌkæt̬.əˈtɑː.nɪk/

Examples from literature

  • Elizabeth was a catatonic schizophrenic who did not speak or move, except for some waxy posturing. 
  • Like Shakespeare's King Lear he courts death and madness in a great storm, then commits mass murder, collapses in catatonic paralysis, and suicidally runs his ship into the ocean's most dangerous whirlpool. 

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