twilight state


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twi·light state

a condition of disordered consciousness during which actions may be performed without the conscious volition of the affected person and with no memory of such actions. Compare: somnambulic epilepsy.

twilight state

Etymology: Ger, Zwielicht, twilight; L, status
an impaired state of consciousness in which the patient may experience visual or auditory hallucinations and responds to them with irrational behavior. The person may be unaware of the surroundings at the time of the experience and have no memory of it later, except perhaps to recall a related dream. It may be induced with certain anesthetics. Also called deep sedation.

twi·light state

(twī'līt stāt)
A condition of disordered consciousness during which actions may be performed without the conscious volition of the patient and with no memory of such actions.

twilight state

A state in which consciousness is disordered, and autonomic dysfunction or dissociation may occur. This may occur in epilepsy.
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