CATA- (CAT- KATA- KAT-)

combining form which denotes down, beneath, back, or against. For example, the word catatonic (adj.) implies going against a condition of muscle tone and vigor. Thus, catatonia is characterized by mental stupor and muscles which are stiff and rigid.

CATA- (CAT- KATA- KAT-): "When used as a prefix, cata- refers to a reversal or degeneration in condition."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "CATA- (CAT- KATA- KAT-)," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/cata-cat-kata-kat/ (accessed May 26, 2020).
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