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codependency

noun co·de·pen·den·cy \-dən(t)-sē\

: a psychological condition in which someone is in an unhappy and unhealthy relationship that involves living with and providing care for another person (such as a drug addict or an alcoholic)

Full Definition of CODEPENDENCY

:  a psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition (as an addiction to alcohol or heroin); broadly :  dependence on the needs of or control by another

First Known Use of CODEPENDENCY

1979
Medical Dictionary

codependency

noun co·de·pen·den·cy \-dən-sē\
plural co·de·pen·den·cies

Medical Definition of CODEPENDENCY

:  a psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition (as an addiction to alcohol or heroin); broadly :  dependence on the needs of or control by another

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