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Medical Definition of codependent
: participating in or exhibiting codependency <a codependant relationship> <The co-dependent spouse, for example, derives a purpose in life from the alcoholic's need to have someone run the household, help hide the addiction from public view and clean up disasters.—Michael Vincent Miller, The New York Times Book Review, 17 May 1992>
co–dependentnoun <What makes chemical dependency a uniquely devastating illness is that the affected person not only suffers physically, but is morally, emotionally, and spiritually sick as well. Family and friends often become codependents and suffer, too.—Peter D. Rogers, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 3 May 1985>
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