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avolition

noun avo·li·tion \ (ˈ)ā-ˌvō-ˈli-shən, -və- \

medical Definition of avolition

:a lack of interest or engagement in goal-directed behavior
  • Many people with schizophrenia experience avolition, or apathy, feeling drained of energy and of interest in normal goals and unable to start or follow through on a course of action.
  • —Ronald J. Comer, Abnormal Psychology, 7th edition2010

avolitional

play \(ˈ)ā-ˌvō-ˈlish-nəl, -ˈli-shə-nᵊl, -və-\ adjective
    • In studies at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, we have found that schizophrenia patients with avolitional pathology are a minority and that the presence of that pathology helps define a separate putative disease entity within the schizophrenia syndrome …
    • —William T. CarpenterThe American Journal of PsychiatrySeptember 2010

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