Lexicon:Catalepsy, cataleptic

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Term: catalepsy, cataleptic
References: Master and Commander, page 95
Post Captain, page 299
HMS Surprise, page 101
The Mauritius Command, page 139
The Surgeon's Mate, page 156
Meaning: A condition characterised by lack of response to external stimuli and by muscular rigidity, so that the limbs remain in whatever position they are placed. It is known to occur in a variety of physical and psychological disorders, such as epilepsy and schizophrenia, and can be induced by hypnosis.

Additional information

Maturin's Medicine — This article is based on information from Maturin's Medicine, compiled and edited by Kerry Webb, with the help of a number of contributors.

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