Origin of catalepsyLate Latin catalepsis from Classical Greek katal?psis, a seizing, grasping from katalambanein from kata-, down + lambanein, to take, seize: for Indo-European base see latch
Origin of catalepsyMiddle English catalempsi from Late Latin catalēmpsia from Greek katalēpsis from katalambanein to seize upon kata- intensive pref. ; see cata- . lambanein lēp- to seize
- (pathology) severe bodily condition, described in psychiatric pathology, marked by sudden rigidity, fixation of posture, and loss of contact with environmental conditions
From cata- + -lepsy; ultimately from Ancient Greek κατάληψις (katalēpsis, “act of seizing”), from καταλαμβάνω (katalambanō, “I seize”), from κατά (kata, “against”) + λαμβάνω (lambanō, “I take”).