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  1. (noun, state) 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
  2. (noun, state) extreme tonus; muscular rigidity; a common symptom in catatonic schizophrenia

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Catatonia

  1. 1888, from Mod.L. catatonia (see catatonic). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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