adjective tor·pid \ˈtr-pəd\

: having or showing very little energy or movement : not active

Full Definition of TORPID

a :  having lost motion or the power of exertion or feeling :  dormant, numb
b :  sluggish in functioning or acting <a torpid frog> <a torpid mind>
:  lacking in energy or vigor :  apathetic, dull
tor·pid·i·ty \tr-ˈpi-də-tē\ noun

Examples of TORPID

  1. <a torpid sloth that refused to budge off its tree branch>
  2. <my tongue and throat remained torpid for a time following the endoscopy>

Origin of TORPID

Middle English, from Latin torpidus, from torpēre to be sluggish or numb; akin to Lithuanian tirpti to become numb
First Known Use: 15th century
Medical Dictionary


adjective tor·pid \ˈtr-pəd\

Medical Definition of TORPID

:  sluggish in functioning or acting :  characterized by torpor
tor·pid·i·ty \tr-ˈpid-ət-ē\ noun, plural tor·pid·i·ties


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