gestalt


ge·stalt

noun \gə-ˈstält, -ˈshtält, -ˈstlt, -ˈshtlt\

psychology : something that is made of many parts and yet is somehow more than or different from the combination of its parts; broadly : the general quality or character of something

plural ge·stalts also ge·stalt·en \-ˈstäl-tən, -ˈshtäl-, -ˈstl-, -ˈshtl-\

Full Definition of GESTALT

:  a structure, configuration, or pattern of physical, biological, or psychological phenomena so integrated as to constitute a functional unit with properties not derivable by summation of its parts

Examples of GESTALT

  1. the gestalt of human consciousness

Origin of GESTALT

German, literally, shape, form
First Known Use: 1922

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

ge·stalt

noun \gə-ˈs(h)tält, -ˈs(h)tlt\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural ge·stalt·en \-ən\ or gestalts

Medical Definition of GESTALT

: a structure, arrangement, or pattern of physical, biological, or psychological phenomena so integrated as to constitute a functional unit with properties not derivable by summation of its parts

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