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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: rep'e-tish'un-kom-pul'shun


In psychoanalysis, the tendency to repeat earlier experiences or actions, in an unconscious effort to achieve belated mastery over them; a morbid need to repeat a particular behavior such as handwashing or repeated checking to see whether the door is locked.

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