abreaction

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noun ab·re·ac·tion \ˌa-brē-ˈak-shən\

Definition of abreaction

  1. :  the expression and emotional discharge of unconscious material (such as a repressed idea or emotion) by verbalization especially in the presence of a therapist

abreact

play \-ˈakt\ verb

Origin and Etymology of abreaction

partial translation of German Abreagieren, noun use of abreagieren “to release or express (an emotion previously repressed or forgotten),” from ab “down, from” (going back to Old High German aba) + reagieren “to react,” borrowed from French réagir, borrowed (with adaptation to agir “to act, take effect”) from New Latin reagere — more at 1of, react


First Known Use: 1912


Medical Dictionary

abreaction

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noun ab·re·ac·tion \ˌab-rē-ˈak-shən\

Medical Definition of abreaction

  1. :  the expression and emotional discharge of unconscious material (as a repressed idea or emotion) by verbalization especially in the presence of a therapist—compare catharsis 2

abreact

\-ˈakt\play verb

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