CATALEPSY

n. a trance-like condition in which a person is observed to be in a state of prolonged and sustained unresponsiveness. It is accompanied by fixed posture and muscle rigidity. This condition is seen in epilepsy and schizophrenia. Also called catatonic rigidity.

CATALEPSY: "A person with catalepsy can maintain a motionless and unresponsive state for quite some time."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "CATALEPSY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/catalepsy/ (accessed December 11, 2019).
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