Definitions for narcolepsyˈnɑr kəˌlɛp si
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
nar•co•lep•syˈnɑr kəˌlɛp si(n.)
a disorder characterized by frequent and uncontrollable attacks of deep sleep.
Origin of narcolepsy:
1875–80; narco - + (epi )lepsy
a sleep disorder characterized by sudden and uncontrollable episodes of deep sleep
"he believes that narcolepsy is attributable to an inability to suppress REM sleep during waking"
A disorder characterized by sudden and uncontrollable attacks of deep sleep, often brief, sometimes accompanied by paralysis and hallucinations
Excitement induced narcolepsy caused him to sleep through the most important events of his life.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A condition characterized by recurrent episodes of daytime somnolence and lapses in consciousness (microsomnias) that may be associated with automatic behaviors and AMNESIA. CATAPLEXY; SLEEP PARALYSIS, and hypnagogic HALLUCINATIONS frequently accompany narcolepsy. The pathophysiology of this disorder includes sleep-onset rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which normally follows stage III or IV sleep. (From Neurology 1998 Feb;50(2 Suppl 1):S2-S7)