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Medical Term:

hypnosis

Pronunciation: hip-no'sis

Definition

An artificially induced trancelike state, resembling somnambulism, in which the subject is highly susceptible to suggestion, oblivious to all else, and responds readily to the commands of the hypnotist; its scientific validity has been accepted and rejected through several cycles during the past 2 centuries.

See: mesmerism

Synonym(s): hypnotic sleep, hypnotic state

[G. hypnos, sleep, + -osis, condition]

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