abstinence syndrome

noun

Definition of abstinence syndrome

: the physical effects that result from depriving an addict of the drug to which he or she is habituated

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First Known Use of abstinence syndrome

1931, in the meaning defined above

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“Abstinence syndrome.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abstinence%20syndrome. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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