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[ob-tuhnd] /ɒbˈtʌnd/
verb (used with object)
to blunt; dull; deaden.
Origin of obtund
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin obtundere to beat at, equivalent to ob- ob- + tundere to strike
Related forms
obtundent, adjective
obtundity, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for obtund


(transitive) (rare) to deaden or dull
Derived Forms
obtundent, adjective, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin obtundere to beat against, from ob- against + tundere to belabour
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Word Origin and History for obtund

c.1400, (transitive) "to render dead, make dull," used occasionally in English, especially in medical jargon; from Latin obtundere "to blunt, make dull, weaken, exhaust," literally "to beat against" (see obtuse). Related: Obtundation; obtunded.

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obtund in Medicine

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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