narcoleptic








noun Pathology.

  1. a condition characterized by frequent and uncontrollable periods of deep sleep.

noun

  1. pathol a rare condition characterized by sudden and uncontrollable episodes of deep sleep

n.1880, from French narcolepsie, coined 1880 by French physician Jean-Baptiste-Édouard Gélineau (1859-1928) from comb. form of Greek narke “numbness, stupor” (see narcotic) + lepsis “an attack, seizure,” from leps-, future stem of lambanein “take hold of, grasp” (see analemma). Related: Narcoleptic; narcolept. n.

  1. A disorder characterized by sudden and uncontrollable, though often brief, attacks of deep sleep, sometimes accompanied by paralysis and hallucinations.hypnolepsy

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