habituation

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noun ha·bit·u·a·tion \-ˌbi-chə-ˈwā-shən, -chü-ˈā-\

Definition of habituation

  1. 1 :  the process of habituating :  the state of being habituated

  2. 2a :  tolerance to the effects of a drug acquired through continued useb :  psychological dependence on a drug after a period of use — compare addiction

  3. 3 :  decrease in responsiveness upon repeated exposure to a stimulus

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First Known Use of habituation

15th century


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habituation

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noun ha·bit·u·a·tion \-ˌbich-ə-ˈwā-shən\

Medical Definition of habituation

  1. 1:  the act or process of making habitual or accustomed

  2. 2a:  tolerance to the effects of a drug acquired through continued useb:  psychological dependence on a drug after a period of use—compare addiction

  3. 3:  a form of nonassociative learning characterized by a decrease in responsiveness upon repeated exposure to a stimulus—compare sensitization 3


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