One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Being alive is a very intense experience, we all shy away from it preferring an ambulatory twilight sleep.’
- ‘It is Christmas eve and our patient lays on the table in twilight sleep.’
- ‘Poetry is often thought to be a painless twilight sleep out of which beauty is accidentally born.’
twilight sleep/ˈtwīˌlīt slēp/
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