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[hip-nuh-goj-ik, -goh-jik] /ˌhɪp nəˈgɒdʒ ɪk, -ˈgoʊ dʒɪk/

of or relating to drowsiness.
inducing drowsiness.
(psychol) of or relating to the state just before one is fully asleep See also hypnagogic image, hypnopompic

1868, from French hypnagogique, from Greek hypnos “sleep” (see somnolence) + agogos “leading” (see act). Etymologically, “inducing sleep,” but used mostly with a sense “pertaining to the state of consciousness when falling asleep.”

hypnagogic hyp·na·gog·ic or hyp·no·gog·ic (hĭp’nə-gŏj’ĭk, -gō’jĭk)


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