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Obtundent

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Obtundent (Med) A substance which sheathes a part, or blunts irritation, usually some bland, oily, or mucilaginous matter; -- nearly the same as demulcent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • obtundent Dulling; blunting.
    • n obtundent A mucilaginous, oily, bland substance employed to protect parts from irritation: nearly the same as demulcent.
    • n obtundent In dentistry, a medicine used to blunt or deaden the nerves of a tooth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Obtundent dulling
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. obtundens, p. pr. of obtundere,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. obtundĕre, to strike upon.

Usage

In literature:

Daily contact with vice obtunds their first abhorrence of it.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
Madeira did not seem to be unconscious, but his senses were obtunded, and it was some minutes before he could sit up.
"Sally of Missouri" by R. E. Young
In men of genius the moral sense is sometimes obtunded, if not altogether absent.
"Religion and Lust" by James Weir
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