[ tawr-per ]
/ ˈtɔr pər /


sluggish inactivity or inertia.
lethargic indifference; apathy.
a state of suspended physical powers and activities.
dormancy, as of a hibernating animal.

Origin of torpor

1600–10; < Latin: numbness, equivalent to torp(ēre) to be stiff or numb + -or -or1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for torpor

/ (ˈtɔːpə) /


a state of torpidity

Derived forms of torpor

torporific, adjective

Word Origin for torpor

C17: from Latin: inactivity, from torpēre to be motionless
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Medical definitions for torpor

[ tôrpər ]


A state of mental or physical inactivity or insensibility.
Lethargy; apathy.

Other words from torpor

tor′po•rific (-pə-rĭfĭk) adj.
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