cerea flexibilitas

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A wax-like malleability of the body, sometimes manifested in hypnosis and in people with catatonia and certain forms of brain damage, notably cerebellar lesions. People in such a state tend to leave their arms, legs, or bodies in whatever positions they are placed by another person. Also called catalepsy, flexibilitas cerea. Compare cogwheel rigidity, clasp-knife rigidity. [From Latin cera wax + flexus bent, from flectere to bend]

Subjects: Psychology.

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