a combining form meaning “sleep,” “hypnosis,” used in the formation of compound words:
combining form
indicating sleep: hypnophobia
relating to hypnosis: hypnotherapy

word-forming element meaning “sleep,” from Greek hypno-, comb. form of hypnos “sleep” (see somnolence).

hypno- or hypn-


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    /ˈhɪpnəʊˌbɜːθɪŋ/ noun 1. the use of hypnotic techniques during labour by an expectant mother to reduce the pain and emotional stress of delivery

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    [hip-nuh-drah-muh, -dram-uh] /ˈhɪp nəˌdrɑ mə, -ˌdræm ə/ noun, Psychiatry. 1. the acting out of a traumatic experience, under hypnosis, by a person undergoing psychotherapy.

  • Hypnogenesis

    [hip-nuh-jen-uh-sis] /ˌhɪp nəˈdʒɛn ə sɪs/ noun 1. induction of the hypnotic state. /ˌhɪpnəʊˈdʒɛnɪsɪs/ noun 1. (psychol) the induction of sleep or hypnosis hypnogenesis hyp·no·gen·e·sis (hĭp’nō-jěn’ĭ-sĭs) n. The process of inducing or entering sleep or a hypnotic state. hyp’no·ge·net’ic (-jə-nět’ĭk) or hyp’no·gen’ic or hyp·nog’e·nous (hĭp-nŏj’ə-nəs) adj.

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