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Medical Term:

sublimation

Pronunciation: sub'li-ma'shun

Definition:

  1. The process of converting a solid directly into a gas; analogous to distillation.
  2. In psychoanalysis, an unconscious defense mechanism in which unacceptable instinctual drives and wishes are modified into more personally and socially acceptable channels.
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