Definition of twilight sleep in English:

twilight sleep


  • [mass noun] A state of partial narcosis or stupor without total loss of consciousness, in particular a state induced by an injection of morphine and scopolamine, formerly popular for use during childbirth.

    • ‘Being alive is a very intense experience, we all shy away from it preferring an ambulatory twilight sleep.’
    • ‘As a pioneer of twilight sleep in childbirth in New Zealand she even trialled the drug on herself when she subsequently had her four children, Peter, Ross, Graham and Alison.’
    • ‘It is Christmas eve and our patient lays on the table in twilight sleep.’
    • ‘And you will hear a lot of experts suggest, Larry, that it puts you in a twilight sleep, where you kind of know what's going on.’
    • ‘Poetry is often thought to be a painless twilight sleep out of which beauty is accidentally born.’