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stupor

[stoo-per, styoo-] /ˈstu pər, ˈstyu-/
noun
1.
suspension or great diminution of sensibility, as in disease or as caused by narcotics, intoxicants, etc.:
He lay there in a drunken stupor.
2.
mental torpor; apathy; stupefaction.
Origin of stupor
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin: astonishment, insensibility, equivalent to stup(ēre) to be numb or stunned + -or -or1
Related forms
stuporous, adjective
Synonyms
2. inertia, lethargy, daze.
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  • On the other hand, recovery may ensue after the stuporous condition has lasted for several weeks.

  • Meta S. (Case 15) claimed that while stuporous her tongue would not move.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • The name typhus is from , a smoke or fog, and it indicates the befogged, stuporous condition of the patient.

  • The stuporous face is empty, that of the other lined with melancholy.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • He was again in a stuporous condition on his readmission to our hospital, and absolutely oblivious to his surroundings.

  • August, 1907:—Has been again in a stuporous state for four days.

  • The next stage is reached where the stuporous case can be stood upon his feet but cannot be induced to walk.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • In 24 hours she woke up, began to sing "Rest for the Weary," prayed, then was stuporous again for six hours.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • For him, apparently, patients who are markedly inaccessible to examination from whatever cause are "stuporous."

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • When deafness is associated with mutism, he thinks it is often due merely to the inattention of the stuporous state.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
British Dictionary definitions for stuporous

stupor

/ˈstjuːpə/
noun
1.
a state of unconsciousness
2.
mental dullness; torpor
Derived Forms
stuporous, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from stupēre to be aghast
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Word Origin and History for stuporous

stupor

n.

late 14c., from Latin stupor "insensibility, numbness, dullness," from stupere "be stunned" (see stupid).

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stuporous in Medicine

stupor stu·por (stōō'pər, styōō'-)
n.
A state of impaired consciousness characterized by a marked diminution in the capacity to react to environmental stimuli.


stu'por·ous adj.
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