Definition of catalepsy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkætəlepsi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætəlepsi//
[uncountable] (medical)
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a condition in which somebody’s body becomes stiff and they temporarily become unconscious Word Origin late Middle English: from French catalepsie or late Latin catalepsia, from Greek katalēpsis, from katalambanein ‘seize upon’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: catalepsy