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catalepsy (s) (noun)
, catalepsies (pl)
1. A situation or condition that is usually associated with schizophrenia in which the muscles become rigid, and the arms and legs keep the positions in which they have been placed: Catalepsy
is seen in psychotic patients during which there is a generalized and diminished responsiveness that is marked by a trancelike state.
Nurses and physicians have been warned that, although a patient is in a trance of catalepsy, he or she may still be able to hear and to understand their conversations; so, the medical staff's actions and talks about such a patient, in his or her presence, should be the same as if that person were fully conscious.
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2. Etymology: from Greek catalepsis; from kata-, "down" + lepsis, "seizure"; a derivative of lambanein, "to seize".
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Physical conditions in which there are sudden muscular rigidness of people's arms and legs so they can't move. (1)