- to blunt; dull; deaden.
Origin of obtund
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin obtundere to beat at, equivalent to ob- ob- + tundere to strike
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- (tr) rare to deaden or dull
C14: from Latin obtundere to beat against, from ob- against + tundere to belabour
Word Origin and History for obtund
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To dull or blunt, especially sensation or pain.