catatonia

Definitions of catatonia
  1. noun
    extreme tonus; muscular rigidity; a common symptom in catatonic schizophrenia
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    type of:
    tone, tonicity, tonus
    the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli
  2. noun
    a form of schizophrenia characterized by a tendency to remain in a fixed stuporous state for long periods; the catatonia may give way to short periods of extreme excitement
    synonyms: catatonic schizophrenia, catatonic type schizophrenia
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    type of:
    dementia praecox, schizophrenia, schizophrenic disorder, schizophrenic psychosis
    any of several psychotic disorders characterized by distortions of reality and disturbances of thought and language and withdrawal from social contact
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