abreaction


ab·re·ac·tion

noun \ˌa-brē-ˈak-shən\

Definition of ABREACTION

:  the expression and emotional discharge of unconscious material (as a repressed idea or emotion) by verbalization especially in the presence of a therapist
ab·re·act \-ˈakt\ verb

Origin of ABREACTION

part translation of German Abreagierung catharsis, from ab off, away + Reagierung reaction
First Known Use: 1912

ab·re·ac·tion

noun \ˌab-rē-ˈak-shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ABREACTION

: the expression and emotional discharge of unconscious material (as a repressed idea or emotion) by verbalization especially in the presence of a therapist—compare catharsis 2
ab·re·act \-ˈakt\ verb

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