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turbid

[tur-bid]
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  1. not clear or transparent because of stirred-up sediment or the like; clouded; opaque; obscured: the turbid waters near the waterfall.
  2. thick or dense, as smoke or clouds.
  3. confused; muddled; disturbed.

Origin of turbid

1620–30; < Latin turbidus disturbed, equivalent to turb(āre) to disturb (derivative of turba turmoil) + -idus -id4
Related formstur·bid·i·ty, tur·bid·ness, nountur·bid·ly, adverbun·tur·bid, adjectiveun·tur·bid·ly, adverb
Can be confusedtorpid turbid turgid

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1. murky, cloudy, roiled, muddy.
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British Dictionary definitions for turbidity

turbid

adjective
  1. muddy or opaque, as a liquid clouded with a suspension of particles
  2. dense, thick, or cloudyturbid fog
  3. in turmoil or confusion
Derived Formsturbidity or turbidness, nounturbidly, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin turbidus, from turbāre to agitate, from turba crowd
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Word Origin and History for turbidity

turbid

adj.

1620s, from Latin turbidus "muddy, full of confusion," from turbare "to confuse, bewilder," from turba "turmoil, crowd," probably from Greek tyrbe "turmoil."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

turbidity in Medicine

turbid

([object Object])
adj.
  1. Having sediment or foreign particles stirred up or suspended; muddy; cloudy.
Related formstur•bidi•ty n.
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