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[mawr-uh-buhnd, mor-] /ˈmɔr əˌbʌnd, ˈmɒr-/
in a dying state; near death.
on the verge of extinction or termination.
not progressing or advancing; stagnant:
a moribund political party.
Origin of moribund
1715-25; < Latin moribundus dying, equivalent to mori- (stem of morī to die) + -bundus adj. suffix
Related forms
moribundity, noun
moribundly, adverb
unmoribund, adjective
unmoribundly, adverb Unabridged
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  • Many of these patients were conveyed to the hospital in extreme conditions; occasionally they were moribund on admission.

  • Surely it was time to infuse new blood into the veins of the moribund art.

    The Reef Edith Wharton
  • My conflict with a moribund group of old adherents of serfdom; their accusation of demagogy.

    The Russian Turmoil Anton Ivanovich Denikin
  • And yet let it not be supposed that Islam in India is either dead or moribund.

  • Dead and dying twigs or branches and moribund trees are evidences of the dreaded pest.

    The Pears of New York U. P. Hedrick
British Dictionary definitions for moribund


near death
stagnant; without force or vitality
Derived Forms
moribundity, noun
moribundly, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Latin, from morī to die
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Word Origin and History for moribund

1721, "about to die," from Middle French moribund (16c.), from Latin moribundus "dying, at the point of death," from mori "to die" (see mortal (adj.)). Figurative sense of "near an end" is from 1837. Related: Moribundity.

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moribund in Medicine

moribund mor·i·bund (môr'ə-bŭnd')
At the point of death; dying.

mor'i·bun'di·ty (-bŭn'dĭ-tē) n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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