Term used for the seemingly conscious acts that can occur during a seizure. Though these acts (such as facial twitches, walking and wandering, repeated body movements, etc) seem to preclude unconsciousness, the sufferer is, in fact, having a seizure and is not aware of people or the environment around them. the actions are without conscious control.

Au*tom"a*tism (?), n.

The state or quality of being automatic; the power of self-moving; automatic, mechanical, or involuntary action. Metaph. A theory as to the activity of matter.

 

© Webster 1913.

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