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Torpidity   Listen

A state of motor and mental inactivity with a partial suspension of sensibility.  Synonym: torpor.
Inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of vigor or energy.  Synonyms: listlessness, torpidness, torpor.

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"Torpidity" Quotes from Famous Books

... the earth's surface, where their supply of food is constant, the activity of the Bats is not known to have any intermission, but in cold and temperate countries they pass the winter season in a state of torpidity. The period of this hibernation, as it is called, varies somewhat in the different species, but few of them are to be seen flying about, except when the weather is decidedly mild. The commonest of all our British ...
— A Book of Natural History - Young Folks' Library Volume XIV. • Various

... wrong, was never admitted within the house doors, but Lady Adela insisted on seeing Mary every day, and was assured that she should be a welcome assistant in case of need; but at present there was no necessity of calling in other help, the form of fever being lethargic with much torpidity, but no violence of delirium, and requiring no more watching than the wife and ...
— That Stick • Charlotte M. Yonge

... blindness as well as a dizzy feeling in the head. I never felt that I was entirely cured of my lung trouble, having many of the symptoms which are common to those in the incipient stage of consumption. I also suffered from indigestion, torpidity of the liver, and constipation of ...
— The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English • R. V. Pierce

... recognition that his wits begin to wander. Frantically he stumbles on, thrashing his body with his arms, forcing his gait to the uttermost, a prey to the terror that hangs over him, until his growing horror and despair are mercifully swallowed up in the somnolent torpidity that overwhelms him. All of us who have travelled in cold weather know how uneasy and apprehensive a man becomes when the fingers grow obstinately cold and he realises that he is not succeeding in getting them warm again. It is the ...
— Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled - A Narrative of Winter Travel in Interior Alaska • Hudson Stuck

Words linked to "Torpidity" :   physical condition, sluggishness, torpid, lethargy, passiveness, torpor, passivity, physiological state, lassitude, physiological condition, hibernation

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