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distraction

Pronunciation: dis-trak'shun

Definition:

  1. Difficulty or impossibility of concentration or fixation of the mind.
  2. A force applied to a body part to separate bony fragments or joint surfaces.

[L. dis-traho, pp. -tractus, to pull in different directions]

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