Medical Dictionary


noun sub·sti·tu·tion \ˌsəb-stə-ˈt(y)ü-shən\

Medical Definition of SUBSTITUTION

:  a chemical reaction in which one or more atoms or groups in a molecule are replaced by equivalent atoms or groups to form at least two products; especially :  the replacement of hydrogen in an organic compound by another element or group
a :  the turning from an obstructed desire to another desire whose gratification is socially acceptable b :  the turning from an obstructed form of behavior to a different and often more primitive expression of the same tendency <a substitution neurosis> c :  the reacting to each of a set of stimuli by a response prescribed in a key <a substitution test for speed of learning new responses>


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