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-ˈtɒn ɪkcata·ton·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. catatonicadjective

    characterized by catatonia especially either rigidity or extreme laxness of limbs


  1. catatonicnoun

    a person suffering from catatonia.


  1. catatonicnoun

    A patient in a state of catatonia.

  2. catatonicadjective

    of, relating to, or suffering from catatonia


  1. catatonic

    Catatonia is a complex neuropsychiatric behavioral syndrome that is characterized by abnormal movements, immobility, abnormal behaviors, and withdrawal. The onset of catatonia can be acute or subtle and symptoms can wax, wane, or change during episodes. There are several subtypes of catatonia: akinetic catatonia, excited catatonia, malignant catatonia, delirious mania, and self-injurious behaviors in autism.Although catatonia has historically been related to schizophrenia (catatonic schizophrenia), catatonia is most often seen in mood disorders. It is now known that catatonic symptoms are nonspecific and may be observed in other mental, neurological, and medical conditions. Catatonia is not a stand-alone diagnosis (although some experts disagree), and the term is used to describe a feature of the underlying disorder.Recognizing and treating catatonia is very important as failure to do so can lead to poor outcomes and can be potentially fatal. Treatment with benzodiazepines or ECT can lead to remission of catatonia. There is growing evidence of the effectiveness of the NMDA receptor antagonists amantadine and memantine for benzodiazepine-resistant catatonia. Antipsychotics are sometimes employed, but they can worsen symptoms and have serious adverse effects.


  1. catatonic

    Catatonic is a term primarily used in psychology and psychiatry to refer to a state of unresponsiveness or stupor characterized by immobility and behavioral abnormality. It's often associated with schizophrenia and other mental or neurological disorders. Symptoms may include lack of movement, speech, and responsiveness, rigid or bizarre postures, and excessive purposeless movement.


  1. Catatonic

    "Catatonic" is the only single by Babes in Toyland that was split and their second release on Insipid Records.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. catatonic

    Describes a condition of suspended animation in which something is so wedged or hung that it makes no response. If you are typing on a terminal and suddenly the computer doesn't even echo the letters back to the screen as you type, let alone do what you're asking it to do, then the computer is suffering from catatonia (possibly because it has crashed). “There I was in the middle of a winning game of nethack and it went catatonic on me! Aaargh!” Compare buzz.

Editors Contribution


    CATATONIC If you describe someone as being in a catatonic state, you mean that they are not moving or responding at all, usually as a result of illness, shock, or drugs.If someone is catatonic, they are stiff and not moving or reacting, as if dead.unable to move or control your movements as a result of illness or shock; Unable to move or be moved,locked-in syndrome,paralysed,stuck;Feeling surprised or shocked,surprised,shocked,amazed;not moving or thinking because you are completely bored or very tired:Tired,tired,exhausted,sleepy;Relating to or exhibiting catatonia;of, relating to, marked by, or affected with catatonia;characterized by a marked lack of movement, activity, or expression;characterized by catatonia especially either rigidity or extreme laxness of limbs;So tired or exhausted that one can barely move;blank, deadpan, empty, expressionless, impassive, inexpressive, numb, stolid, vacant; be locked in sth,boxed in,budge,cataleptic,catatonic,firm,freeze,from a standing start idiom ,glue,glued to the spot idiom ,grind ,grind to a halt/standstill idiom ,grounded, hold,hold sb/sth down,hold still idiom ,immobile,immobility,immobilization,immovable,inert,jam,jammed,lifelessly,lock,motionless,not move a muscle idiom,rock-solid,sedentary,sessile,stagnant,stagnatestand ing,standstill,static,stationary,still,stock-still,time stands still idiom,transfixed,unwavering


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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of catatonic in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of catatonic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of catatonic in a Sentence

  1. Heather Lydia Thornhill:

    At Pre cognicent and intuitive witchcraft there is a state beyond love and hate or light and dark or measure of any kind or language/ description of any kind not even future. It is a still, non moving, non acknowledging, non needing, catatonic existence, a sort of damned place but also enlightened calm state of self.

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