Definition of Narcolepsy

1. Noun. A sleep disorder characterized by sudden and uncontrollable episodes of deep sleep. "He believes that narcolepsy is attributable to an inability to suppress REM sleep during waking"

Generic synonyms: Hypersomnia
Derivative terms: Narcoleptic



Definition of Narcolepsy

1. Noun. (pathology) A disorder characterized by sudden and uncontrollable attacks of deep sleep, often brief, sometimes accompanied by paralysis and hallucinations ¹

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Definition of Narcolepsy

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Medical Definition of Narcolepsy

1. A disorder of sleep associated with excessive daytime sleepiness, involuntary daytime sleep episodes, disturbed nocturnal sleep and cataplexy. Narcolepsy affects over 100,000 people in the United States and appears to have a genetic basis. Symptoms usually begin in the patients twenties. Treatment often includes the use of amphetamines and-or tricyclic antidepressants. (27 Sep 1997)

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Literary usage of Narcolepsy

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1. The Dublin Journal of Medical Science (1887)
"AW FOOT read a paper on narcolepsy. [It will be found in the Number of this Journal for December, 188G, Vol. ..."

2. Alienist and Neurologist (1887)
"narcolepsy.—Dr. Arthur Wynn "Foot, in a recent article in the Dublin Journal of Medical Science, describes a case and suggests the term " hyp- ..."

3. American Practitioner and News (1901)
"Of course where the subcutaneous tissue is involved, it will necessarily produce more or less scarring, but simple vesication leaves no scar. narcolepsy ..."

4. Strategy Development Workshop on Sleep Education: Summary Report edited by Barbara J. Fink, Susan T. Shero (1995)
"The disorder was first described in 1880 and consists of the "narcolepsy tetrad ... In a study that included 222 narcolepsy patients, 80 percent experienced ..."

5. Your Guide to Healthy Sleep by National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute (2004)
"People who have narcolepsy often fall asleep at inappropriate times and places. Although television sitcoms occasionally feature these individuals to ..."

6. Diseases of the Kidneys and Nervous System by Alexander Leslie Blackwood (1913)
"narcolepsy. narcolepsy is a condition in which the patient falls asleep several times during the day. It may be a manifestation of hysteria, uremia, ..."

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