Latin obtundere (“to dull", "deaden", "deafen”), from ob- + tundere
obtund (third-person singular simple present obtunds, present participle obtunding, simple past and past participle obtunded)
- (transitive, chiefly medicine) To reduce the edge or effects of; to mitigate; to dull.
- 1900, Martha M. Allen, Alcohol, a Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, p. 319:
- […] the use of alcoholic decoctions […] which are given as medicines to allay pain, obtund nerve sensibility, to cure the little sufferer of his vital manifestations […]
- 2008, Jerrold H. Levy, Kenichi A. Tanaka & Eric J. Okun, "Cardial Surgical Pharmacology", in Cardiac Surgery in the Adult, →ISBN, p. 103:
- Small doses of opioids are also useful in obtunding airway reflexes […]