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cathexis

cathexis

noun ca·thex·is \kə-ˈthek-səs, ka-\
plural ca·thex·es \-ˌsēz\

Definition of CATHEXIS

:  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

cathexis

noun ca·thex·is \kə-ˈthek-səs, ka-\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural ca·thex·es \-ˌsēz\

Medical Definition of CATHEXIS

1
:  investment of mental or emotional energy in a person, object, or idea
2
:  libidinal energy that is either invested or being invested

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