habituation

noun
ha·​bit·​u·​a·​tion | \ hə-ˌbi-chə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce habituation (audio) , ha-, -chü-ˈā- \

Definition of habituation

1 : the process of habituating : the state of being habituated
2a : 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

Examples of habituation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sounds of underwater pile-driving elicit signs of both alarm and habituation in longfin squid, and the medium-term stress level of fish can be determined by plucking their scales and testing for cortisol. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Findings," 30 Mar. 2020 The sounds of underwater pile-driving elicit signs of both alarm and habituation in longfin squid, and the medium-term stress level of fish can be determined by plucking their scales and testing for cortisol. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Findings," 30 Mar. 2020 The sounds of underwater pile-driving elicit signs of both alarm and habituation in longfin squid, and the medium-term stress level of fish can be determined by plucking their scales and testing for cortisol. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Findings," 30 Mar. 2020 In the town every other house is a clandestine distillery; and in the Indian village every habituation is one. Craig Medred, Anchorage Daily News, "Perils of Prohibition: Drowning the past in rural Alaska," 4 Sep. 2013 The sounds of underwater pile-driving elicit signs of both alarm and habituation in longfin squid, and the medium-term stress level of fish can be determined by plucking their scales and testing for cortisol. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Findings," 30 Mar. 2020 The sounds of underwater pile-driving elicit signs of both alarm and habituation in longfin squid, and the medium-term stress level of fish can be determined by plucking their scales and testing for cortisol. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Findings," 30 Mar. 2020 The sounds of underwater pile-driving elicit signs of both alarm and habituation in longfin squid, and the medium-term stress level of fish can be determined by plucking their scales and testing for cortisol. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 2 Mar. 2020 Tourists make a difference by joining rhino or lion conservationists at work in South Africa or accompanying researchers working on a chimpanzee habituation project in Kibale National Park in Uganda. Kitson Jazynka, National Geographic, "17 unforgettable African safaris," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of habituation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Habituation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habituation. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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habituation

noun
ha·​bit·​u·​a·​tion | \ -ˌbich-ə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce habituation (audio) \

Medical Definition of habituation

1 : the act or process of making habitual or accustomed
2a : 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 sense 3

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