[nahr-koh-sis] /nɑrˈkoʊ sɪs/

a state of stupor or drowsiness.
a state of stupor or greatly reduced activity produced by a drug.
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unconsciousness induced by narcotics or general anaesthetics

1690s, “state of unconsciousness caused by a narcotic,” Modern Latin, from Greek narkosis, from narkoun “to benumb” (see narcotic (n.)).

narcosis nar·co·sis (när-kō’sĭs)
n. pl. nar·co·ses (-sēz)
General and nonspecific reversible depression of neuronal excitability, produced by a physical or chemical agent, usually resulting in stupor rather than in anesthesia.


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