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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