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abreaction

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noun ab·re·ac·tion \ˌa-brē-ˈak-shən\

Definition of abreaction

  1. :  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·actplay \-ˈakt\ verb


Origin of abreaction

part translation of German Abreagierung catharsis, from ab off, away + Reagierung reaction


First Known Use: 1912


Medical Dictionary

abreaction

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noun ab·re·ac·tion \ˌab-rē-ˈak-shən\

Medical Definition of abreaction

  1. :  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

  2. ab·re·act \-ˈakt\play verb




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