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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Catalepsy  \Cat"a*lep`sy\,  Catalepsis  \Cat`a*lep"sis\,  n.  [NL. 
  catalepsis,  fr  Gr  ?  a  seizure,  fr  ?  to  seize  upon  kata` 
  down  +  ?  to  take  seize.]  (Med.) 
  A  sudden  suspension  of  sensation  and  volition,  the  body  and 
  limbs  preserving  the  position  that  may  be  given  them  while 
  the  action  of  the  heart  and  lungs  continues.