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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]
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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
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