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Selenoplexia (also called selenoplegia, selenoplege, and moonstroke), from the Greek words selene, 'the moon', and plexis, 'stroke'), medical category that included apoplectic,[1] a morbid,[2] states or diseased conditions[3] supposedly caused by the rays of the moon. A Dictionary of Medical Science (1895), in its discussion of the conditions of sunstroke, states that the "morbid phenomena observable after death are generally those of nervous exhaustion, neuroparalysis. Like effects have also been ascribed to the moon, selenoplexia, selenoplege, moonstroke; and to the stars, starstroke."[4]

References Edit

  1. Lippincott's Medical dictionary (Lippincott, 1906), p. 920.
  2. William Dwight Whitney, Benjamin Eli Smith (editors), The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, Volume 8 of The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: With a New Atlas of the World; a Work of General Reference in All Departments of Knowledge. Volume 8 of The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: With a New Atlas of the World (The Century co., 1911), 5733.
  3. The American Illustrated Medical Dictionary (Saunders, 1922), p. 933
  4. Robley Dunglison; Richard James Dunglison (ed.), A dictionary of medical science (Lea Brothers & Co., 1895), 282.

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