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a state of unconsciousness
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a condition of immobility and mutism; a symptom in some mental illnesses. The patient does not react to his surroundings or to pain, refuses to answer questions or to eat, and remains fixed in one position. Stupor is generally associated with catatonía; less frequently it is associated with depression or other mental disorders.

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In his paper "Scared Stiff", Moskowitz conceptualizes catatonia from an evolutionary point of view as a regression to response to predators in which the stuporous phase reflects the release of tonic immobility while the excitement phase reflects the fight-flight strategy.
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made its sleep seem purer than the cops' stuporous huddle
As Grandi put it earlier: "We are both after the same exact thing Captain." (iii) Menzies later finds a stuporous Quinlan in another bar ("I've been in half of them," he slurs).
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