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{ Cat"a*lep`sy (?), ||Cat`a*lep"sis (?), } n. [NL. catalepsis, fr. Gr. &?; a seizure, fr. &?; to seize upon; kata` down + &?; to take, seize.] (Med.) A sudden suspension of sensation and volition, the body and limbs preserving the position that may be given them, while the action of the heart and lungs continues.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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