From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Benumb \Be*numb"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Benumbed; p. pr. & vb.
   n. Benumbing.] [OE. binomen, p. p. of binimen to take away,
   AS. beniman; pref. be + niman to take. See Numb, a., and
   cf. Benim.]
   To make torpid; to deprive of sensation or sensibility; to
   stupefy; as, a hand or foot benumbed by cold.
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         The creeping death benumbed her senses first. --Dryden.
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