out-of-body experience


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out-of-body experience

the experience of one's self, including mind and sensation, existing extracorporeally; reported as a near-death phenomenon.

out-of-body experience (oobe)

a sensation that the mind has separated temporarily from the body. The feeling tends to occur when the patient is asleep, in a trance, or unconscious as during surgery. The person visualizes his or her body as an impersonal observer might. In some cases the person visualizes objects or persons who are beyond the range of normal senses. Occasionally a patient near death learns after awakening that he or she has been declared clinically dead during the moments of the experience. See also near-death experience.

out-of-body experience

A scientifically unproven phenomenon in which a person allegedly leaves his or her physical body and has a sensation of floating at some distance from it. OOBEs have been associated with mental or physical events in the form of stress, trauma, dehydration, sensory deprivation or overload, psychedelic or dissociative drugs, hallucinations and dream-like state.

out-of-body ex·pe·ri·ence

(owt bodē ek-spērē-ĕns)
Perception of one's self, including mind and sensation, existing extracorporeally; reported as a near-death phenomenon.
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