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akinetic mutism


Definition: a persistent state of altered consciousness, in which the patient appears alert intermittently (demonstrates a sleep-wake cycle) but is not responsive, although the descending motor pathways appear intact; caused by lesions of various cerebral structures.

Synonym(s): coma vigil

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