CATAPLEXY

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n. a sudden but temporary loss of muscle, usually triggered by some intense emotions such as surprise, terror, anger, or laughter. The condition may either be localized, meaning there could be a sudden nodding in the head or losing of grasp, or generalized in which the entire body suddenly collapses. See narcolepsy- narcoleptic syndrome.

CATAPLEXY: "An intense emotional response is usually what precipitates a sudden onset of cataplexy."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "CATAPLEXY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/cataplexy/ (accessed August 13, 2022).

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