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Meaning of catatonia

cat•a•to•ni•a

Pronunciation: (kat"u-tō'nē-u, -tōn'yu), [key]
— n. Psychiatry.
  1. a syndrome seen most frequently in schizophrenia, characterized by muscular rigidity and mental stupor, sometimes alternating with great excitement and confusion.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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