Simple Definition of torpor
: a state of not being active and having very little energy
Full Definition of torpor
1a : a state of mental and motor inactivity with partial or total insensibilityb : a state of lowered physiological activity typically characterized by reduced metabolism, heart rate, respiration, and body temperature that occurs in varying degrees especially in hibernating and estivating animals
Examples of torpor
The news aroused him from his torpor.
<after a lifetime of setbacks, defeats, and failures, he could only greet the latest bad news with a resigned fatalism and dull torpor>
Origin of torpor
Middle English, from Latin, from torpēre
First Known Use: 13th century
Synonym Discussion of torpor
Medical Definition of torpor
: a state of mental and motor inactivity with partial or total insensibility : extreme sluggishness or stagnation of function
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