individuation

noun in·di·vid·u·a·tion \ ˌin-də-ˌvi-jə-ˈwā-shən \

Definition of individuation

1 :the act or process of individuating: such as
a (1) :the development of the individual from the universal
(2) :the determination of the individual in the general
b :the process by which individuals in society become differentiated from one another
c :regional differentiation along a primary embryonic axis
2 :the state of being individuated; specifically :individuality

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individuation

noun in·di·vid·u·a·tion \ -ˌvij-ə-ˈwā-shən \

medical Definition of individuation

1 :the process in the analytic psychology of C. G. Jung by which the self is formed by integrating elements of the conscious and unconscious mind
2 :regional differentiation along a primary embryonic axis

individuate

play \-ˈvij-ə-ˌwāt\ transitive verb individuated; individuating

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