(redirected from cataleptics)
Also found in: Dictionary, Medical, Encyclopedia.
Graphic Thesaurus  🔍
Display ON
Animation ON
  • noun

Words related to catalepsy

a trancelike state with loss of voluntary motion and failure to react to stimuli

Related Words

References in classic literature ?
Might the whole story of the cataleptic Russian and his son be a concoction of Dr.
The waiter, after standing for some seconds rigid, like a cataleptic, turned round and ran madly out of the room.
s Aunt, who had been sitting upright in a cataleptic state since her last public remark.
Between them, Lyons and Camp trace the move from the aesthetics of classical tragedy to those of the bourgeois drama, while Vila considers the theatricality inherent to the clinical observation and aesthetic representation of cataleptics.
It is tempting simply to recapitulate the many stories Appignanesi tells, for they are fascinating, especially those from the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, when murderesses, cataleptics, and erotomaniacs were analyzed and treated (and in the process, Appignanesi suggests, often produced) by empiricists, mesmerists, and psychoanalysts.
Tracing the evolution of the zombie mythos from Summarian, Babylonian, Egyptian, and Celtic antiquity, to the cataleptics of 18th century Europe, to the 'living mummies' of 19th century Japan, "Zombies" is a fascinating reader that is both informed and informative.
Fixity of ideas was also a defining characteristic of cataleptics, a patient group that Tissot examined in his Traite de la catalepsie, de l'extase, de la migraine, et des maladies du cerveau (1780), part of his multivolume Traite des nerfs.
Cataleptics played a curious role in eighteenth-century French culture: although they were associated with polemical phenomena like the Jansenist convulsionaries--a subject of theological, moralist, and political debate from the beginning of the century to the 1760s--they were also singled out as a distinct and authentic patient group by physicians.