Pronounced: nik-THEH-muh-rahn, noun
Notes: A useful word
The word obdormition is what we call it when a limb goes to sleep (or falls asleep). More formally, it is “numbness in a limb, usually caused by pressure on a nerve”.
This word came into English in the mid-1600s
Background / Comments
Most people have had something “fall asleep” – now we know there is a word for it. Our word comes from Latin obdormire (to fall asleep), which has as its root dormire (to sleep).