Definition of Catatonia

1. Noun. Extreme tonus; muscular rigidity; a common symptom in catatonic schizophrenia.

Group relationships: Catatonic Schizophrenia, Catatonic Type Schizophrenia
Generic synonyms: Tone, Tonicity, Tonus
Derivative terms: Catatonic

2. Noun. 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.

Definition of Catatonia

1. Noun. 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 ¹

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Definition of Catatonia

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Medical Definition of Catatonia

1. A syndrome of psychomotor disturbances seen in schizophrenic disorders characterised by periods of either muscular rigidity, excitement or stupor. (16 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Catatonia

catastrophic illness
catastrophic kill
catastrophic reaction
catatonia (current term)
catatonic dementia
catatonic excitement
catatonic pupil
catatonic rigidity
catatonic schizophrenia
catatonic stupor
catatonic type schizophrenia

Literary usage of Catatonia

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1. Psychological Medicine; a Manual on Mental Diseases for Practitioners and by Maurice Craig (1905)
"catatonia catatonia is a disease, or, to speak more accurately, a group of symptoms, ... Kraepelin treats catatonia as a special variety of dementia ..."

2. Nervous and Mental Disease Monograph Series (1917)
"tions the addition of alcohol may in some cases throw the case into the feebleminded group where without the alcohol it would have escaped. catatonia. ..."

3. Proceedings of the American Medico-Psychological Association Annual Meeting by American Medico-Psychological Association (1908)
"... and from one of its most prominent symptoms—muscular spasm or rigidity—was named catatonia. It is a common form of mental disorder, affecting for the ..."

4. Mental Diseases & Their Homoeopathic Treatment, for the Student by William Morris Butler (1910)
"catatonia. Paranoid forms. ETIOLOGY Pre-eminently a disease of the developmental period, more than sixty per cent, of the cases appear before the ..."

5. Alienists and Neurologists of America: Proceedings of Sixth Annual Meeting by Chicago Medical Society (1917)
"... LUMBAR PUNCTURE IN STUPOROUS catatonia G. WILSE ROBINSON, MD, KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI. The catatonic form is one of the common and well established types ..."

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