Part of speech: adjective


Part of speech: noun

Sudden loss of consciousness, with muscular rigidity.

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Usage examples "catalepsy":

  1. " You are attached to M. Berryer, Madame," said he, " and I am sorry to have to warn you that he will be attacked by madness, or by catalepsy, before long. - "The Memoirs of Louis XV. and XVI., Volume 2 Being Secret Memoirs of Madame du Hausset, Lady's Maid to Madame de Pompadour, and of an Unknown English Girl and The Princess Lamballe", Madame du Hausset, and of an Unknown English Girl and the Princess Lamballe.
  2. It was accompanied by a kind of catalepsy, with muscular rigidity and cessation of the pulses. - "Christian Mysticism", William Ralph Inge.
  3. For the moment, I thought he had been seized with a fit of catalepsy. - "The Black Robe", Wilkie Collins.