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obtund

[ ob-tuhnd ]
/ ɒbˈtʌnd /
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verb (used with object)
Chiefly Medicine/Medical. to blunt; dull; deaden: The drug's effect was sufficient to obtund pain.
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Origin of obtund

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin obtundere “to beat at,” equivalent to ob- ob- + tundere “to strike”

OTHER WORDS FROM obtund

ob·tun·da·tion, nounob·tund·ent, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for obtund

obtund
/ (ɒbˈtʌnd) /

verb
(tr) rare to deaden or dull

Derived forms of obtund

obtundent, adjective, noun

Word Origin for obtund

C14: from Latin obtundere to beat against, from ob- against + tundere to belabour
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Medical definitions for obtund

obtund
[ ŏb-tŭnd ]

v.
To dull or blunt, especially sensation or pain.

Other words from obtund

ob•tundent adj.
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