catatonia definition

  • noun:
    • An abnormal problem variously characterized by stupor, stereotypy, mania, and either rigidity or extreme freedom of the limbs. It is frequently associated with schizophrenia.
    • A severe psychiatric condition, often of schizophrenia, characterized by a tendency to stay static in a rigid condition of stupor for long times which cave in to short durations of extreme agitation
    • an abnormal behavioral syndrome characterized by stupor, negativism, and muscular rigidity, sometimes alternating with purposeless excitement, and seen most regularly in schizophrenia; labeled as in addition catatonic schizophrenia.
    • See katatoma.
    • extreme tonus; muscular rigidity; a common symptom in catatonic schizophrenia
    • a type of schizophrenia described as a tendency to stay static in a set stuporous condition for very long times; the catatonia may give solution to brief times of extreme excitement

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