[ 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

mor·i·bun·di·ty, nounmor·i·bund·ly, adverbun·mor·i·bund, adjectiveun·mor·i·bund·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for moribundity


/ (ˈmɒrɪˌbʌnd) /


near death
stagnant; without force or vitality

Derived Forms

moribundity, nounmoribundly, adverb

Word Origin for moribund

C18: from Latin, from morī to die
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Medicine definitions for moribundity


[ môrə-bŭnd′ ]


At the point of death; dying.

Related forms

mor′i•bundi•ty (-bŭndĭ-tē) n.
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