catatonic


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catatonic

(jargon)
A description of a system that gives no indication that it is still working. This might be because it has crashed without being able to give any error message or because it is busy but not designed to give any feedback.

Compare buzz.
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He presented to a medical ward in a severe catatonic state, resistive to physical examination, adamantly but mutely refusing to open his eyes or mouth, and combative when nurses attempted to reposition him.
Patients with catatonic schizophrenia have been known to give up their unusual postures and walk normally out of burning buildings.
How is George, for example, going to make the journey to husbandhood and fatherhood when he becomes catatonic in the presence of a smile: "When women smile at me I don't know what it means.
I must have entered a catatonic state, because the next thing I recall was blinking my eyes and finding myself toe to toe with the first camper.
An Alberta woman who was a patient and in a catatonic state in a mental hospital was given an involuntary shock treatment after a Review Panel at the hospital decided that it should be ordered.
The next step, however, has the 27-year-old in the financial equivalent of a catatonic state.
her body stiffens into a catatonic X of horror, violation violently enforced pleasure and pain.
Knowing that a person has limited mobility and may be incapable of walking does not tell you whether the cause is spinal cord injury or catatonic schizophrenia.
The technical knockout gene, commonly called tko, leaves fruit flies so exquisitely sensitive to shock that a tap against the walls of their container leaves them flat on their backs and catatonic for a few seconds or longer.
He wrote several books including Awakenings which detailed how he had treated patients with a drug that woke them up after years in a catatonic state.
THE LAST EXORCISM PART II (15) NELL Sweetzer (Ashley Bell) is the sole survivor of the malevolent force and she is discovered in a catatonic state, barely clinging to her sanity.