What does the word catalepsy mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by William Ralph Inge
  3. For the moment, I thought he had been seized with a fit of catalepsy. – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins