Definition of Somnambulism

1. Noun. Walking by a person who is asleep.




Definition of Somnambulism

1. n. A condition of the nervous system in which an individual during sleep performs actions appropriate to the waking state; a state of sleep in which some of the senses and voluntary powers are partially awake; noctambulism.

Definition of Somnambulism

1. Noun. sleepwalking ¹

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Definition of Somnambulism

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Medical Definition of Somnambulism

1. Sleepwalking, rising out of bed and walking about during an apparent state of sleep, usually occurring in the first third of the night and lasting a few minutes to a half hour. Origin: L. Somnus = sleep, ambulare = to walk This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Somnambulism

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Literary usage of Somnambulism

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1. Principles of human physiology by William Benjamin Carpenter, Henry Power (1864)
"Such forms of Dreaming constitute a transition to the state of somnambulism. 576. The second of the phases above mentioned, which is especially seen in the ..."

2. Principles of human physiology by William Benjamin Carpenter (1860)
"Such forms of Dreaming constitute a transition to the state of somnambulism. 693. somnambulism.—The phenomena of somnambulism are so various, ..."

3. A Treatise on Insanity and Other Disorders Affecting the Mind by James Cowles Prichard (1835)
"The state of the sensorium in somnambulism is very curious, and the facts related are sufficiently surprising. I shall select some of the most ..."

4. The Human Intellect: With an Introduction Upon Psychology and the Soul by Noah Porter (1869)
"somnambulism assumes three forme, which have certain features or phenomena ... Natural somnambulism is distinguished from normal sleep by the Natural вот- ..."

5. The Medical Jurisprudence of Insanity: With References to the Scotch and by John Hutton Balfour Browne (1880)
"The discharge seems to take place in a different direction, and locomotion or somnambulism proper is not so frequently manifested during the actual seizure ..."

6. A History of Dreams, Visions, Apparitions, Ecstasy, Magnetism, and Somnabulism (1855)
"Of foresight, second sight, magnetism, and somnambulism, in connection with hallucinations—Analogy between somnambulism and dreams— Of diurnal ..."

7. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1894)
"somnambulism.—Dr. Michell Clarke, writing on somnambulism, says that in sound sleep all the functions of the brain and spinal cord are in abeyance, ..."

8. Mental Philosophy: Embracing the Three Departments of the Intellect by Thomas Cogswell Upham (1869)
"General remarks on cases of somnambulism. With the general subject of dreaming;, ... (I.) A number of things may be said in explanation of somnambulism. ..."

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