cataleptically


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cat·a·lep·sy

 (kăt′l-ĕp′sē)
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.

cataleptically

(ˌkætəˈlɛptɪkəlɪ)
adv
in a trancelike or cataleptic manner
References in classic literature ?
He sat down abruptly, almost cataleptically, drew his head away from the clutch of her hands and out of the entanglement of her hair, and, his nose thrust upward at an angle of forty-five degrees, he began to quiver and to breathe audibly in rhythm to the rhythm of her singing.