fix·​a·​tion | \fik-ˈsā-shən \

Definition of fixation 

: the act, process, or result of fixing, fixating, or becoming fixated: such as

a : a persistent concentration of libidinal energies upon objects characteristic of psychosexual stages of development preceding the genital stage

b : stereotyped behavior (as in response to frustration)

c : an obsessive or unhealthy preoccupation or attachment

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Examples of fixation in a Sentence

their weight is an unfortunate fixation for many teenagers

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Hollywood’s fixation with fantasy, franchise, and Marvel movies is gobbling up screen space. Gary Thompson,, "John Travolta talks about 'Gotti' and whether Sandy is really dead in 'Grease'," 14 June 2018 With his frustration towards the media's fixation on Karius clear, Klopp was eager to keep his goalkeeper out of the spotlight., "Jurgen Klopp Again Defends Loris Karius After Liverpool Goalie's Latest Error in Pre-Season Friendly," 11 July 2018 From her moniker to her love of a good crucifix accessory, Madge’s fixation on Catholicism (the religion she was raised in) has been a big part of her brand. Cady Lang, Time, "15 Times Catholicism Inspired Iconic Fashion Moments," 4 May 2018 But Silicon Valley is infamous for its solutions in search of problems, and its fixation with blood tests is a *chef’s kiss* example. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Verily’s ‘exploding micro-needles’ are a fix for a problem that doesn’t exist," 18 May 2018 Ideas and fixations elevate and distort in these stories. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "A Master Storyteller From 19th-Century Brazil, Heir to the Greats and Entirely Sui Generis," 6 June 2018 By breaking out a checkbook to buy down the trade imbalance — a fixation of Trump’s — the regime aims to skip a more painful reckoning over its industrial policy and the intellectual property abuses that serve it. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: U.S. businesses worry Trump may strike bad deal with China," 18 May 2018 Bandages wrap around Maddah's lower leg, which bristles with external fixation pins. Ben Wedeman, CNN, "He's treated thousands. The surgeon who keeps returning to Gaza," 18 May 2018 And because the president’s fixations drive his off-the-cuff statements, which in turn drive the news cycle, the crisis has the potential to feed on itself for a long time. Dara Lind, Vox, "Donald Trump is reportedly furious that the US can’t shut down the border," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of fixation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fixation

Middle English fixacioun "(in alchemy) reduction of a volatile substance to a form not alterable by fire or another agent of change," borrowed from Medieval Latin fīxātiōn-, fīxātiō, from fīxāre "to so reduce a volatile substance" (verbal derivative of Latin fīxus "firmly established, unchangeable") + Latin -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns; in psychological senses after German Fixation or Fixierung — more at fix entry 1

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fix·​a·​tion | \fik-ˈsā-shən \

Medical Definition of fixation 

1 : the act, process, or result of fixing, fixating, or becoming fixated: as

a : the act or an instance of focusing the eyes upon an object

b : a persistent concentration of libidinal energies upon objects characteristic of psychosexual stages of development preceding the genital stage

c : stereotyped behavior (as in response to frustration)

d : an obsessive or unhealthy preoccupation or attachment

2 : the immobilization of the parts of a fractured bone especially by the use of various metal attachments

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to express warning or disapproval

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