verb (used with object)

  1. to blunt; dull; deaden.


  1. (tr) rare to deaden or dull

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. v.

  1. To dull or blunt, especially sensation or pain.
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