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  1. sluggish inactivity or inertia.
  2. lethargic indifference; apathy.
  3. a state of suspended physical powers and activities.
  4. dormancy, as of a hibernating animal.
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Origin of torpor

1600–10; < Latin: numbness, equivalent to torp(ēre) to be stiff or numb + -or -or1

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British Dictionary definitions for torpor


  1. a state of torpidity
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Derived Formstorporific, adjective

Word Origin for torpor

C17: from Latin: inactivity, from torpēre to be motionless
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Word Origin and History for torpor


c.1600, from Latin torpor "numbness," from torpere "be numb," from PIE root *ster- "stiff" (cf. Old Church Slavonic trupeti, Lithuanian tirpstu "to become rigid;" Greek stereos "solid;" Old English steorfan "to die;" see sterile).

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torpor in Medicine


  1. A state of mental or physical inactivity or insensibility.
  2. Lethargy; apathy.
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Related formstor′po•rific (-pə-rĭfĭk) adj.
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