a condition, usually triggered by a strong emotional reaction, in which an individual, usually a narcoleptic, suddenly collapses while remaining conscious
Origin of cataplexyfrom German Kataplexie from Classical Greek katapl?xis, stupefaction from katapl?ssein, to strike down from kata-, down + pl?ssein: see apoplexy
A sudden loss of muscle tone and strength, usually caused by an extreme emotional stimulus.
Origin of cataplexyFrom Greek kataplēxis fixation (of the eyes) from kataplēssein to astound, terrify kata- intensive pref. ; see cata- . plēssein plēk- to strike ; see plāk-2 in Indo-European roots.
- (medicine) An abrupt loss of muscle tone, sometimes associated with narcolepsy.
From German Kataplexie, from Ancient Greek ÎºÎ±Ï„Î¬Ï€Î»Î·Î¾Î¹Ï‚ (kataplÄ“ksis).