catalepsy

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From cata- +‎ -lepsy; ultimately from Ancient Greek κατάληψις (katálēpsis, act of seizing), from καταλαμβάνω (katalambánō, I seize), from κατά (katá, against) + λαμβάνω (lambánō, I take).

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catalepsy (plural catalepsies)

  1. (pathology) severe bodily condition, described in psychiatric pathology, marked by sudden rigidity, fixation of posture, and loss of contact with environmental conditions

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