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addiction

noun ad·dic·tion \ə-ˈdik-shən, a-\

: a strong and harmful need to regularly have something (such as a drug) or do something (such as gamble)

: an unusually great interest in something or a need to do or have something

Full Definition of ADDICTION

1
:  the quality or state of being addicted <addiction to reading>
2
:  compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly :  persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful

Examples of ADDICTION

  1. He has a drug addiction.
  2. His life has been ruined by heroin addiction.
  3. He devotes his summers to his surfing addiction.

First Known Use of ADDICTION

1599

Related to ADDICTION

Other Drug/Tobacco Terms

controlled, flake, herb, key, sodden
Medical Dictionary

addiction

noun ad·dic·tion \ə-ˈdik-shən\

Medical Definition of ADDICTION

:  compulsive physiological need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly :  persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be physically, psychologically, or socially harmful—compare habituation

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