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State of Torpor

April 20, 2013

TorporDefinition of TORPOR

1a : a state of mental and motor inactivity with partial or total insensibility
1b : 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
2: apathy, dullness

Examples of TORPOR
The news aroused him from his torpor.

Origin of TORPOR
Middle English, from Latin, from torpēre

apathy, casualness, complacence, disinterestedness, disregard, incuriosity, incuriousness, insouciance, nonchalance, indifference, unconcern

concern, interest, regard

Related Words
halfheartedness, lukewarmness, tepidity, tepidness; carelessness, heedlessness, recklessness, unawareness; lethargy, listlessness; aloofness, coldness, cool, detachment, dispassion; callosity, callousness, hard-heartedness, hardness, insensitivity; bloodlessness, impassiveness, impassivity, phlegm, stoicism, stolidity

Near Antonyms
attention, attentiveness, awareness, conscientiousness, curiosity, heedfulness, keenness; sensitivity, warmheartedness; bias, partiality, prejudice; ardor, desire, fervency, passion, vehemence, warmth, zeal

Other Physiology Terms
eructation, flux, gustatory, menarche, myopia, senescence

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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