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anticathexis

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noun an·ti·ca·thex·is \-kə-ˈthek-səs, -ka-\

Medical Definition of anticathexis

plural an·ti·ca·thex·es \-ˌsēz\play

  1. :  the transfer of mental or emotional energy from an impulse to one of an opposite kind <fear of suffocation may be expressed by way of anticathexis in the words “free to breathe”>




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