habituation

noun ha·bit·u·a·tion \ -ˌbi-chə-ˈwā-shən , -chü-ˈā- \
Updated on: 6 Nov 2017

Definition of habituation

1 :the process of habituating :the state of being habituated
2 a :tolerance to the effects of a drug acquired through continued use
b :psychological dependence on a drug after a period of use — compare addiction
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

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

medical Definition of habituation

1 :the act or process of making habitual or accustomed
2 a :tolerance to the effects of a drug acquired through continued use
b :psychological dependence on a drug after a period of use — compare addiction
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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