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[nahr-kuh-lep-see] /ˈnɑr kəˌlɛp si/

noun, Pathology.
a condition characterized by frequent and uncontrollable periods of deep sleep.
(pathol) a rare condition characterized by sudden and uncontrollable episodes of deep sleep

1880, from French narcolepsie, coined 1880 by French physician Jean-Baptiste-Édouard Gélineau (1859-1928) from comb. form of Greek narke “numbness, stupor” (see narcotic) + lepsis “an attack, seizure,” from leps-, future stem of lambanein “take hold of, grasp” (see analemma). Related: Narcoleptic; narcolept.

narcolepsy nar·co·lep·sy (när’kə-lěp’sē)
A disorder characterized by sudden and uncontrollable, though often brief, attacks of deep sleep, sometimes accompanied by paralysis and hallucinations. Also called hypnolepsy.
nar’co·lep’tic (-lěp’tĭk) adj. & n.


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