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cathexis

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noun ca·thex·is \kə-ˈthek-səs, ka-\

Definition of cathexis

plural ca·thex·es play \-ˌsēz\

  1. :  investment of mental or emotional energy in a person, object, or idea



Origin of cathexis

New Latin (intended as translation of German Besetzung), from Greek kathexis holding, from katechein to hold fast, occupy, from kata- + echein to have, hold — more at scheme


First Known Use: 1922


Medical Dictionary

cathexis

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noun ca·thex·is \kə-ˈthek-səs, ka-\

Medical Definition of cathexis

plural ca·thex·es \-ˌsēz\play

  1. 1:  investment of mental or emotional energy in a person, object, or idea

  2. 2:  libidinal energy that is either invested or being invested




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