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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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Sudden loss of muscle power in animals and man following a strong emotional stimulus (as fright, anger, or shock) characterized by clear consciousness but loss of muscular control and in animals sometimes associated with narcolepsy.

Usage examples (36)
  • The 67-year-old has a sleep disorder called cataplexy, which is a symptom of narcolepsy.
  • Narcoleptics like Cloud also suffer from a bizarre condition called cataplexy, in which they can collapse in a heap on the ground, conscious but essentially paralyzed.
  •   While not all narcoleptics have cataplexy, many do.
  • Attacks of cataplexy are sudden, brief losses of muscle control. for more
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