One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Dull the sensitivity of; blunt; deaden.
deaden, deprive of sensation, benumb, desensitize, render insensitive, dullView synonyms
- ‘The next day the patient became more obtunded, and empirical antituberculosis therapy with adjuvant glucocorticoids was started.’
- ‘At presentation, he was jaundiced and obtunded.’
- ‘History was provided by 15 patients on admission to the hospital; 5 patients were obtunded or confused and unable to provide a history.’
- ‘The patient remained obtunded, and due to the advanced stage of his AIDS, his family chose to give supportive care only.’
- ‘Six hours after admission, he became abruptly hypotensive and 15 minutes later was obtunded.’
Late Middle English: from Latin obtundere, from ob- ‘against’ + tundere ‘to beat’.
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