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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.
He has been for some years a victim to cataleptic attacks, on which, as is well known, Dr.
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.
A momentary silence that ensued was broken by Mr F.'s Aunt, who had been sitting upright in a cataleptic state since her last public remark.
The cataleptic signs in rodents can be matched to the Parkinson-like extrapyramidal adverse effects in human seen clinically with administration of antipsychotic medicines.
Kondziela's inverted screen test and inclined plane test were also carried out to determine the muscular strength and cataleptic effects respectively following rotenone administration.