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habituation

Pronunciation: ha-bit'chu-a'shun

Definition:

  1. The process of forming a habit, referring generally to psychological dependence on the continued use of a drug to maintain a sense of well-being, which can result in drug addiction.
  2. The method by which the nervous system reduces or inhibits responsiveness during repeated stimulation.
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