torpor

[ tawr-per ]
/ ˈtɔr pər /

noun

sluggish inactivity or inertia.
lethargic indifference; apathy.
a state of suspended physical powers and activities.
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

torpor
/ (ˈtɔːpə) /

noun

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

torpor
[ tôrpər ]

n.

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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