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Obtundation vs. Stupor — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Obtundation and Stupor

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Obtundation

Obtundation refers to less than full alertness (altered level of consciousness), typically as a result of a medical condition or trauma.There is a huge range of potential causes including head injury, interruption of blood circulation, impaired oxygenation or carbon dioxide toxicity (hypercapnia), central nervous system (CNS) infections, drug intoxication or withdrawal, post-seizure state, hypothermia, and metabolic derangements such as hypoglycemia, hyponatremia, and hypercalcaemic crisis.The root word, obtund, means "dulled or less sharp" (cf. obtuse angle).
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Stupor

Stupor is the lack of critical mental function and a level of consciousness, in which an affected person is almost entirely unresponsive and responds only to intense stimuli such as pain. The word derives from the Latin stupor ("numbness, insensibility").
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Obtundation

(medicine) Decreased level of alertness or consciousness
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Stupor

A state of reduced sensibility or consciousness
Staggered around in a drunken stupor.
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Stupor

A state of greatly dulled or completely suspended consciousness or sensibility; a chiefly mental condition marked by absence of spontaneous movement, greatly diminished responsiveness to stimulation, and usually impaired consciousness.
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Stupor

A state of extreme apathy or torpor resulting often from stress or shock.
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Stupor

To place into a stupor; to stupefy.
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Stupor

Great diminution or suspension of sensibility; suppression of sense or feeling; lethargy.
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Stupor

Intellectual insensibility; moral stupidity; heedlessness or inattention to one's interests.
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Stupor

The feeling of distress and disbelief that you have when something bad happens accidentally;
His mother's deathleft him in a daze
He was numb with shock
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Stupor

Marginal consciousness;
His grogginess was caused as much by exhaustion and by the blows
Someone stole his wallet while he was in a drunken stupor
Dec 03, 2018

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