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

  • n. A disorder characterized by sudden and uncontrollable, though often brief, attacks of deep sleep, sometimes accompanied by paralysis and hallucinations.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A disorder characterized by sudden and uncontrollable attacks of deep sleep, often brief, sometimes accompanied by paralysis and hallucinations

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A condition characterized by a tendency to fall into a short sleep on all occasions.
  • n. Petit mal, when presenting a simple brief loss of consciousness.

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

  • n. a sleep disorder characterized by sudden and uncontrollable episodes of deep sleep


narco- + -lepsy (Wiktionary)


  • Treatment needs to be individualized, as each person with narcolepsy is different.


  • Although narcolepsy is a relatively uncommon condition, its impact on a child's life can be dramatic and, if not recognized, disabling.


  • Wahoo – sleep-induced narcolepsy is soooo much better than sleep-deprivation-induced narcolepsy!!!!

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  • A person with narcolepsy is likely to become drowsy or to fall asleep, often at inappropriate times and places.

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  • "No," he resumed, "it is just a case of what we call narcolepsy -- pathological somnolence -- a sudden, uncontrollable inclination to sleep, occurring sometimes repeatedly or at varying intervals.

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  • Both of these youngsters had a disorder called narcolepsy, whose main symptom is excessive sleepiness.

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  • It was first marketed for narcolepsy, which is a sleep disorder.

    CNN Transcript Apr 3, 2004

  • Unfortunately, she has a condition called narcolepsy.

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  • JOHN BYRNE, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS-HOUSTON MEDICAL CENTER: Well, it was originally designed and approved by the FDA several years ago to treat narcolepsy, which is a disease associated with excessive daytime sleep.

    CNN Transcript May 7, 2002

  • Known as a narcolepsy drugmaker, Jazz Pharmaceuticals JAZZ is about to lose the distinction of a one-trick pony.


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