Saturday, December 17, 2011

obtundated

David Foster Wallace, The Pale King, 2011, page 365
"'More like stupefied.  They're full-timers.  Glazed.  What's the other word.  Average burn here's three years.  Obtundated is the word."


obtundation  |ob′tundā′shən|
a greatly reduced level of consciousness. The patient is not yet comatose but is close, arousing only with very strong stimulus.
Etymology: L, obtundere, to blunt, atus, process

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