Definition of narcosis in English:



  • A state of stupor, drowsiness, or unconsciousness produced by drugs.

    • ‘Once you begin on the slippery slope of hypothermia, secondary problems such as narcosis and decompression sickness begin to increase drastically.’
    • ‘Prolonged narcosis was introduced in the 1920s.’
    • ‘One possibility is that CO2 narcosis impaired cognitive function.’
    • ‘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.’
    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, somnolence, narcosis
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Late 17th century: from Greek narkōsis, from narkoun make numb.