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n. pl. cat·a·lep·sies
A condition characterized by lack of response to external stimuli and by muscular rigidity, so that the limbs remain where they are positioned. It occurs in a variety of physical and psychological disorders, such as epilepsy and schizophrenia, and can be induced by hypnosis.

[Middle English catalempsi, from Late Latin catalēmpsia, from Greek katalēpsis, from katalambanein, to seize upon : kata-, intensive pref.; see cata- + lambanein, lēp-, to seize.]

cat′a·lep′tic (kăt′l-ĕp′tĭk) adj.
cat′a·lep′ti·cal·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cataleptic - a person suffering from catalepsy
psycho, psychotic, psychotic person - a person afflicted with psychosis
Adj.1.cataleptic - of or having characteristics of or affected with catalepsy; "cataleptic persons"; "cataleptic state"


A. ADJcataléptico
B. Ncataléptico/a m/f


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He thumps his chest in anger, and roars and quivers with cataleptic ferocity.
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Might the whole story of the cataleptic Russian and his son be a concoction of Dr.
As a promising way of setting them right, half of the half-dozen had become members of a fantastic sect of Convulsionists, and were even then considering within themselves whether they should foam, rage, roar, and turn cataleptic on the spot--thereby setting up a highly intelligible finger-post to the Future, for Monseigneur's guidance.
It was at this point in their history that Silas's cataleptic fit occurred during the prayer-meeting; and amidst the various queries and expressions of interest addressed to him by his fellow-members, William's suggestion alone jarred with the general sympathy towards a brother thus singled out for special dealings.
Finally, becoming cataleptic, she has to be carried up the narrow staircase like a grand piano.
He thought her insensibility was caused by a sort of cataleptic seizure.
The waiter, after standing for some seconds rigid, like a cataleptic, turned round and ran madly out of the room.
s Aunt, who had been sitting upright in a cataleptic state since her last public remark.
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In the vodou religion of Haiti, a zombie is a living person who is rendered cataleptic by a powerful poison, buried as though dead, and then revived to become the soulless slave of an evil sorcerer.