Definition of Addiction

1. Noun. Being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs).

Exact synonyms: Dependance, Dependence, Dependency, Habituation
Category relationships: Narcotic
Generic synonyms: Physical Condition, Physiological Condition, Physiological State
Specialized synonyms: Drug Addiction, White Plague
Derivative terms: Addict, Dependent, Dependent, Habituate

2. Noun. An abnormally strong craving.
Generic synonyms: Craving

3. Noun. (Roman law) a formal award by a magistrate of a thing or person to another person (as the award of a debtor to his creditor); a surrender to a master. "Under Roman law addiction was the justification for slavery"
Generic synonyms: Award, Awarding
Category relationships: Civil Law, Jus Civile, Justinian Code, Roman Law
Derivative terms: Addict

Definition of Addiction

1. n. The state of being addicted; devotion; inclination.

Definition of Addiction

1. Noun. The state of being addicted; devotion; inclination. ¹

2. Noun. A habit or practice that damages, jeopardizes or shortens one's life but when ceased causes trauma. ¹

3. Noun. A pathological relationship to mood altering experience that has life damaging consequences. ¹

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Definition of Addiction

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Medical Definition of Addiction

1. Pattern of compulsive drug use characterised by a continued craving for an opioid and the need to use the opioid for effects other than pain relief. (Psychological dependence). The state of being given up to some habit, especially strong dependence on a drug. (16 Dec 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Addiction

addiction (current term)
addictive drug
addictive personality

Literary usage of Addiction

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People: A Report of the Surgeon General by M. Joycelyn Elders (1997)
"Most human research on nicotine addiction has been conducted with adult ... The research literature on nicotine addiction examines its chemistry and ..."

2. Practice of Medicine by Frederick Tice (1921)
"CHAPTER II DRUG addiction BY STEPHEN PERHAM JEWETT, MD Opium and its derivatives, p. ... addiction to other drugs, p. 57. The rapid increase in the use of ..."

3. Assessment and Treatment of Patients With Coexisting Mental Illness and by Richard Ries (1996)
"Similarly, AOD treatment professionals may have a thorough understanding of AOD abuse treatment but not psychiatric treatment. The addiction Treatment ..."

4. The Narcotic Drug Problem by Ernest Simons Bishop (1920)
"CHAPTER VII RELATION OF NARCOTIC DRUG addiction TO- ... Swayed by the old conception of addiction, this more ..."

5. Counselor's Manual for Relapse Prevention with Chemically Dependent Criminal by Terence T. Gorski, John M. Kelley (1999)
"Chapter 7—Self-Assessment Alcohol and Drug addiction Test Offender Personality Purpose. The first section of the patient workbook has two self-tests. ..."

6. Approval and Monitoring of Narcotic Treatment Programs: A Guide on the Roles by Lynne C. McArthur, Yvonne Goldsberry (1998)
"Treatment modalities for opioid addiction have changed over time with ... Opioid addiction emerged as a serious problem in the United States after the Civil ..."

7. Preventive Medicine and Hygiene by Milton Joseph Rosenau, George Chandler Whipple, John William Trask, Thomas William Salmon (1921)
"DRUG addiction The chief habit forming drugs are alcohol; opium and its alkaloids ... It has only recently been realized that drug addiction is an important ..."

8. Smokeless Tobacco Or Health: An International Perspective by DIANE Publishing Company (1995)
"... Chapter 4 Nicotine Effects and addiction CONTENTS Pharmacology of Smokeless Tobacco Use: Nicotine addiction and Nicotine-Related Health Consequences ..."

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