One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A state of stupor, drowsiness, or unconsciousness produced by drugs.See also nitrogen narcosis
lethargy, torpidity, sluggishness, inertia, inertness, inactivity, inaction, slowness, lifelessness, dullness, heaviness, listlessness, languor, languidness, stagnation, laziness, idleness, indolence, shiftlessness, sloth, slothfulness, apathy, accidie, passivity, weariness, tiredness, lassitude, fatigue, sleepiness, drowsiness, enervation, somnolenceView synonyms
- ‘Avoid alcohol or drugs before diving, as this increases the effects of narcosis.’
- ‘Specifically, they are compounds that produce narcosis or general anesthesia and relief from pain or analgesia.’
- ‘Prolonged narcosis was introduced in the 1920s.’
- ‘Once you begin on the slippery slope of hypothermia, secondary problems such as narcosis and decompression sickness begin to increase drastically.’
- ‘One possibility is that CO2 narcosis impaired cognitive function.’
Late 17th century: from Greek narkōsis, from narkoun ‘make numb’.
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