noun heb·e·tude \ˈhe-bə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Definition of HEBETUDE

heb·e·tu·di·nous \ˌhe-bə-ˈtü-dən-əs, -ˈtyü-\ adjective

Examples of HEBETUDE

  1. <faced with a class forever enveloped in a miasma of apathy and intellectual hebetude, the professor had little hope of kindling an interest in medieval European history>

Origin of HEBETUDE

Late Latin hebetudo, from hebēre to be dull; akin to Latin hebes dull
First Known Use: circa 1621


noun heb·e·tude \ˈheb-ə-ˌt(y)üd\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HEBETUDE

:  the absence of mental alertness and affect (as in schizophrenia)


Next Word in the Dictionary: hebonaPrevious Word in the Dictionary: hebetateAll Words Near: hebetude
April 01, 2015
diapause Hear it
a period of physiological dormancy
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears