somnambulism 1794 (as somnambulation), from Mod.L. somnambulus "sleepwalker," from L. somnus "sleep" (see SOMNOLENCE (Cf. somnolence)) + ambulare "to walk" (see AMBLE (Cf. amble)). Won out over noctambulation.

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  • Somnambulism — Som*nam bu*lism, n. [Cf. F. somnambulisme. See {Somnambulation}.] A condition of the nervous system in which an individual during sleep performs actions appropriate to the waking state; a state of sleep in which some of the senses and voluntary… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • somnambulism — ► NOUN ▪ sleepwalking. DERIVATIVES somnambulant adjective somnambulist noun somnambulistic adjective. ORIGIN from Latin somnus sleep + ambulare to walk …   English terms dictionary

  • somnambulism — [säm nam′byo͞oliz΄əm, səmnam′byo͞oliz΄əm] n. 1. the act or practice of somnambulating; sleepwalking 2. the trancelike state of one who somnambulates somnambulist n. somnambulistic adj. somnambulistically adv …   English World dictionary

  • somnambulism — noun Date: 1797 1. an abnormal condition of sleep in which motor acts (as walking) are performed 2. actions characteristic of somnambulism • somnambulist noun • somnambulistic adjective • somnambulistically adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Somnambulism — Sleepwalking. Purposeful moving, usually but not always including walking, while in a deep stage of sleep. Sleepwalking occurs most frequently in children, particularly boys. Sedatives tend to exacerbate rather than cure sleepwalking. The best… …   Medical dictionary

  • somnambulism — somnambulist, n. somnambulistic, adj. /som nam byeuh liz euhm, seuhm /, n. sleepwalking. [1790 1800; < NL somnambulismus, equiv. to somn(us) sleep + ambul(are) to walk + ismus ISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • somnambulism — noun sleepwalking …   Wiktionary

  • somnambulism — Synonyms and related words: amnesia, beauty sleep, beddy bye, bedtime, blanket drill, bye bye, catalepsy, cataplexy, catatonic stupor, daydreaming, daze, doze, dream state, dreamland, drowse, fitful sleep, fugue, fugue state, hibernation,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • somnambulísm — s. n. (sil. mf. somn ) …   Romanian orthography

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