obtund

[ob-tuhnd]
verb (used with object)
to blunt; dull; deaden.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin obtundere to beat at, equivalent to ob- ob- + tundere to strike

obtundent, adjective
obtundity, noun
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obtund (ɒbˈtʌnd)
 
vb
rare (tr) to deaden or dull
 
[C14: from Latin obtundere to beat against, from ob- against + tundere to belabour]
 
ob'tundent
 
adj, —n

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obtund
c.1400, (trans.) "to render dead, make dull," used occasionally in English, especially in medical jargon; from L. obtundere (see obtuse). Related: Obtundation; obtunded.
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obtund ob·tund (ŏb-tŭnd')
v. ob·tund·ed, ob·tund·ing, ob·tunds
To dull or blunt, especially sensation or pain.


ob·tund'ent adj.
ob·tun'di·ty n.
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The administration of drugs to obtund or reduce the intensity of pain and awareness without the loss of defensive reflexes.
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