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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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