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repression

Pronunciation: re-presh'un

Definition:

  1. In psychotherapy, the active process or defense mechanism of keeping out and ejecting and banishing from consciousness those ideas or impulses that are unacceptable to the ego or superego.
  2. Decreased expression of some gene product.

[L. re-primo, pp. -pressus, to press back, repress]

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