- The definition of torpid is having lost motion, slow or unenergetic.
- An example of a torpid animal is a snail.
- An example of a torpid mouse is a hibernating mouse.
- having lost temporarily all or part of the power of sensation or motion, as a hibernating animal; dormant
- sluggish in functioning
- slow and dull; apathetic
Origin: L torpidus from torpere, to be numb or torpid from Indo-European an unverified form (s)terp- from base an unverified form (s)ter-, to be stiff from source stare, starve
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- Deprived of the power of motion or feeling; benumbed.
- Dormant; hibernating.
- Lethargic; apathetic. See Synonyms at inactive.
Origin: Latin torpidus, from torpēre, to be stiff; see ster-1 in Indo-European roots.
- torˈpid·ly adverb
torpid - Medical Definition
- Deprived of power of motion or feeling.
- Lethargic; apathetic.
- torpidity noun