[heb-i-tood, -tyood]


the state of being dull; lethargy.

Origin of hebetude

1615–25; < Late Latin hebetūdō dullness, bluntness, equivalent to Latin hebet- (stem of hebes) dull + -ūdō; see -tude
Related formsheb·e·tu·di·nous, adjective
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rare mental dullness or lethargy
Derived Formshebetudinous, adjective

Word Origin for hebetude

C17: from Late Latin hebetūdō, from Latin hebes blunt
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Word Origin and History for hebetude

1620s, from Latin hebetudo, noun of quality from hebes "blunt, dull," of unknown origin. Related: Hebetate (v.); hebetation; hebetudinous.

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Medicine definitions for hebetude




Dullness of mind; mental lethargy.
Related formsheb′e•tudi•nous (-tōōdn-əs) adj.
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