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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Example sentences
The other guests, strangers all, lolling around us obtunded with tryptophan.
The optimal method of clearing the cervical spine in obtunded trauma patients is unclear.
If the patient is excessively sedated or mentally obtunded as judged by an inability to follow verbal commands.
She was somewhat obtunded but answered questions appropriately and complied with commands.
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