rumination

noun

ru·​mi·​na·​tion ˌrü-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce rumination (audio)
: the act or process of ruminating:
a
: the act or process of regurgitating and chewing again previously swallowed food
b
: obsessive thinking about an idea, situation, or choice especially when it interferes with normal mental functioning
specifically : a focusing of one's attention on negative or distressing thoughts or feelings that when excessive or prolonged may lead to or exacerbate an episode of depression

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“Rumination.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/rumination. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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