torpor


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torpor

 [tor´por] (L.)
sluggishness.
torpor re´tinae sluggish response of the retina to the stimulus of light.

tor·por

(tōr'pŏr, pōr),
1. Inactivity, sluggishness.
2. Dormancy, as in hibernation.
Synonym(s): torpidity
[L. sluggishness, numbness]

torpor

/tor·por/ (tor´per) [L.] sluggishness.tor´pid
torpor re´tinae  sluggish response of the retina to the stimulus of light.

torpor

(tôr′pər)
n.
1. A state of mental or physical inactivity or insensibility.
2. Lethargy; apathy.
3. The dormant, inactive state of a hibernating or estivating animal.

tor′po·rif′ic (-pə-rĭf′ĭk) adj.

torpor

[tôr′pər]
1 a state of mental or physical inactivity.
2 an absence or slowness of response to a stimulus.

tor·por

(tōr'pŏr)
Inactivity, sluggishness.
[L. sluggishness, numbness]

torpor

a state of inactivity into which some HOMOIOTHERMS enter in order to conserve energy. There is usually a reduction in both temperature and general body metabolism.

torpor

[L.] sluggishness.
References in classic literature ?
It was agreeable to come to himself again after several days of numbness and torpor.
She still lay back in the chair, possessed by a torpor like the torpor of death--insensible to sound, insensible to touch.
Isolated from the rest of the world, vain of themselves and their good fortune, careless of the march of progress in the natio ns round them, the inhabitants of the Zuyder Zee cities sunk into the fatal torpor of a secluded people.
Nevertheless, she mistook the quietude of the political thinker and the preoccupation of the intrepid worker for the apathetic torpor of an official broken down by the dulness of routine, vanquished by that most hateful of all miseries, the mediocrity that simply earns a living; and she groaned at being married to a man without energy.
Disease crept over both mind and body, he was tortured by pain, and when at length the pain left him he sank into torpor.
The dull look was back again in her stony eyes; the lifeless torpor possessed all her movements.
Nothing stirred the horrible torpor of her resignation to her fate.
Like a man in fever, waking to intervals of consciousness, so Old Tarwater awoke, cooked his moose-meat, and fed the fire; but more and more time he spent in his torpor, unaware of what was day-dream and what was sleep-dream in the content of his unconsciousness.
Habit also struggled successfully against Jerry's increasing torpor.
Sometimes, indeed, I felt a wish for happiness and thought with melancholy delight of my beloved cousin or longed, with a devouring maladie du pays, to see once more the blue lake and rapid Rhone, that had been so dear to me in early childhood; but my general state of feeling was a torpor in which a prison was as welcome a residence as the divinest scene in nature; and these fits were seldom interrupted but by paroxysms of anguish and despair.
I had never noticed this kind of torpor in her before.
She cannot surely remain in her present torpor of insensibility, if I take her away from Limmeridge and surround her with the pleasant faces of old friends?