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anxiety

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noun anx·i·ety \aŋ-ˈzī-ət-ē\

Medical Definition of anxiety

plural anxieties

  1. 1a (1):  apprehensive uneasiness or nervousness usually over an impending or anticipated ill :  a state of being anxious (2):  an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physical signs (such as tension, sweating, and increased pulse rate), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one's capacity to cope with itb:  mentally distressing concern or interest <Yet the pace of a child's progress can also be a source of anxiety for mothers and fathers.—Susan Ochshorn, Parenting, February 1995>

  2. 2:  a cause of anxiety <… the younger children, faced with a new school, harder subjects and the myriad anxieties that thread childhood and adolescence …—Charisse Jones, The New York Times, 13 Sept. 1994>





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