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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.
[G. hypnos, sleep, + -osis, condition]
Etymology: Gk, hypnos, sleep; ME, slep
sleep induced through the administration of hypnotic medicines.
1. Sleep induced by hypnotic suggestion.
2. Sleep induced by the use of medicines classified as hypnotics.
CAUTION!Many hypnotic drugs are habit-forming.
See also: sleep