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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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  • Madeira did not seem to be unconscious, but his senses were obtunded, and it was some minutes before he could sit up.

    Sally of Missouri

    R. E. Young
  • But one phase of it seemed to reach his obtunded consciousness, for this made a direct inroad upon his bank account.

    The Gay Gnani of Gingalee Florence Huntley
British Dictionary definitions for obtunded


(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 obtunded



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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obtunded 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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