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defense mechanism



  1. a psychological means of coping with conflict or anxiety, conversion, denial, dissociation, rationalization, repression, sublimation;
  2. the psychic structure underlying a coping strategy;
  3. immunologic mechanism vs. nonspecific defense mechanism.

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