torpor


tor·por

noun \ˈtr-pər\

: a state of not being active and having very little energy

Full Definition of TORPOR

1
a :  a state of mental and motor inactivity with partial or total insensibility
b :  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

  1. The news aroused him from his torpor.
  2. <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

Other Physiology Terms

eructation, flux, gustatory, menarche, myopia, senescence

tor·por

noun \ˈtr-pər\   (Medical Dictionary)

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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