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obtund

[ob-tuhnd]
verb (used with object)
  1. to blunt; dull; deaden.
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Origin of obtund

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin obtundere to beat at, equivalent to ob- ob- + tundere to strike
Related formsob·tund·ent, adjectiveob·tun·di·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for obtundent

obtund

verb
  1. (tr) rare to deaden or dull
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Derived Formsobtundent, adjective, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Latin obtundere to beat against, from ob- against + tundere to belabour
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Word Origin and History for obtundent

obtund

v.

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.

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obtundent in Medicine

obtund

(ŏb-tŭnd)
v.
  1. To dull or blunt, especially sensation or pain.
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Related formsob•tundent adj.
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