rapid eye movement (REM) sleep

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Related to rapid eye movement (REM) sleep: NREM sleep, REM Cycle

rap·id eye move·ment (REM) sleep

(rap'id ī mūv'mĕnt slēp)
That state of deep sleep in which rapid eye movements, alert electro encephalographic pattern, and dreaming occur; several central and autonomic functions are distinctive during this state.
See also: paradoxic sleep
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