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catalepsy

(kăt`əlĕp'sē), pathological condition characterized by a loss of consciousness accompanied by rigidity of muscles that keeps limbs in any position in which they are placed. Attacks vary from several minutes to days and occur in a variety of clinical syndromes, most frequently in schizophrenia, epilepsy, and hysteria.

Catalepsy

 

the phenomenon of “waxy rigidity,” observed incatatonia or hypnotic sleep (hypnosis). With an increase in mus-cle tonus, there is an onset of rigidity (flexible rigidity), so thateither the entire body or the extremities remain in any positionin which they are placed.

catalepsy

[′kad·əl‚ep·sē]
(psychology)
Suspended animation with loss of voluntary motion associated with hysteria and the schizophrenic reactions in humans, and with organic nervous system disease in animals.

catalepsy

a state of prolonged rigid posture, occurring for example in schizophrenia or in hypnotic trances
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In 10 cases, the female remained cataleptic after copulation.
Samuel Hopkins, Edwards's student and Buell's sometime traveling companion, noted that he had "Seen Strange things this week," including radicals who claimed to "have been with Christ" during cataleptic trances in which they saw their names inscribed in the Book of Life.
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To these three historia calamitata Poe adds the narrator's own fever dream of death--of being "immersed in a cataleptic trance of more than usual duration and profundity" (Stern 1977: 184).
While his attempt to kill himself fails, the act itself prepares the way for the cataleptic impression in A Clockwork Orange's controversial twenty-first chapter that will make possible the morphogenesis that ultimately changes his life.
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On another occasion, Marshall said the vice president was "like a man in a cataleptic fit; he cannot speak; he cannot move; he suffers no pain, he is perfectly conscious of all that goes on, but has no part in it.
Bennet, though comical (and perhaps never so comical as when the news of Elizabeth's engagement to Darcy reduces her, for once, to cataleptic silence), is simultaneously, in the volatility of her temperament, in the illiberality of her mind, in the pushy materialism of her ambitions, a persistent shadow over her daughter's destiny.
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