from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An abnormal condition variously characterized by stupor, stereotypy, mania, and either rigidity or extreme flexibility of the limbs. It is most often associated with schizophrenia.

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  • n. A severe psychiatric condition, often associated with schizophrenia, characterized by a tendency to remain in a rigid state of stupor for long periods which give way to short periods of extreme agitation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an abnormal behavioral syndrome characterized by stupor, negativism, and muscular rigidity, sometimes alternating with purposeless excitement, and seen most frequently in schizophrenia; called also catatonic schizophrenia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See katatoma.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. extreme tonus; muscular rigidity; a common symptom in catatonic schizophrenia
  • n. a form of schizophrenia characterized by a tendency to remain in a fixed stuporous state for long periods; the catatonia may give way to short periods of extreme excitement


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin, from German Katatonie, from Greek katatonos, stretching tight, from katateinein, to stretch tight : kata-, intensive pref.; see cata- + teinein, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.


  • Moderate-dose PCP reactions conform most closely to the type we call catatonia—disturbances of body posture and speech.

    Over the Edge

  • He kept thinking there must be something that he had not tried, that her catatonia was a condition he could change if he could just figure out what was needed.


  • In 1934, Stauder coined the term lethal catatonia to characterize an acute, intense excitement state, combining features of mania and delirium, that was associated with fever often high and catatonic signs.

    The Neuropsychiatric Guide to Modern Everyday Psychiatry

  • If the FDA accepts the panel's recommendation, the agency will require testing for all uses except "catatonia" which was recommended for Category II, requiring less stringent testing.

    Dr. Peter Breggin: FDA Panel Recommends Testing of ECT Machines

  • Strangled to a kind of catatonia, she falls upon a daybed and has her throat slashed - by this point it is unclear whether that is adding insult to injury or vice versa.

    31 Screams: Uta Levka

  • Judith O'Dea), who sinks into a kind of catatonia by the half-hour mark.

    GreenCine Daily

  • The most severely inflicted retreat into catatonia--a state of total uncommunication.

    G. Roger Denson: "Old," "Crazy" and "Hysterical." Is That All There Is?

  • And then, after four days of tears and blisters and shocked catatonia, I ran into the main pack of people, who had all gone through what I did.

    It Wasn't Me.

  • Vampires, not surprisingly, have an on-off love affair with catatonia.

    'The Last Werewolf'

  • Owen, our goal here is to treat the underlying cause of the catatonia, not just the symptom itself.

    DEADACHE • by Deborah A. Blood


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  • "Vampires, not surprisingly, have an on-off love affair with catatonia". "The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan.

    February 25, 2012