Definition of Fixation

1. Noun. An abnormal state in which development has stopped prematurely.

2. Noun. An unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone.
Exact synonyms: Obsession
Generic synonyms: Preoccupation
Derivative terms: Fixate, Fixate, Obsess, Obsess, Obsessional

3. Noun. The activity of fastening something firmly in position.
Generic synonyms: Attachment, Fastening
Derivative terms: Fixate

4. Noun. (histology) the preservation and hardening of a tissue sample to retain as nearly as possible the same relations they had in the living body.
Exact synonyms: Fixing
Category relationships: Histology
Group relationships: Plastination
Generic synonyms: Preservation
Derivative terms: Fixate, Fix

Definition of Fixation

1. n. The act of fixing, or the state of being fixed.

Definition of Fixation

1. Noun. The act of fixing, or the state of being fixed or fixated. ¹

2. Noun. The act of uniting chemically with a solid substance or in a solid form; reduction to a non-volatile condition; -- said of gaseous elements. ¹

3. Noun. The act or process of ceasing to be fluid and becoming firm. ¹

4. Noun. In metals, a state of resistance to evaporation or volatilization by heat. ¹

5. Noun. A state of mind involving obsession with a particular person, idea(,) or thing. ¹

6. Noun. (legal) Recording a creative work in a medium of expression for more than a transitory duration, thereby satisfying the "fixation" requirement for the purposes of copyright law. ¹

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Definition of Fixation

1. the act of fixating [n -S]

Medical Definition of Fixation

1. 1. The act or operation of holding, suturing or fastening in a fixed position. The condition of being held in a fixed position. 2. A term with two related but distinct meanings: 1. Arrest of development at a particular stage, which like regression (return to an earlier stage), if temporary is a normal reaction to setbacks and difficulties but if protracted or frequent is a cause of developmental failures and emotional problems. 3. A close and suffocating attachment to another person, especially a childhood figure, such as one's mother or father. Both meanings are derived from psychoanalytic theory and refer to fixation of libidinal energy either in a specific erogenous zone, hence fixation at the oral, anal or phallic stage or in a specific object, hence mother or father fixation. 4. The use of a fixative to preserve histological or cytological specimens. 5. The process whereby a substance is removed from the gaseous or solution phase and localised, as in carbon dioxide fixation or nitrogen fixation. 6. The direction of the gaze so that the visual image of the object falls on the fovea centralis. 7. In film processing, the chemical removal of all undeveloped salts of the film emulsion, leaving only the developed silver to form a permanent image. 8. A general term for determination of type, whether by designation, or indication. Origin: L. Fixatio (09 Jan 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fixation

fix-it shop
fix it again Tony
fix someone's wagon
fix up
fixation (current term)
fixation disparity
fixation nystagmus
fixation reaction
fixational ocular movement
fixator muscle

Literary usage of Fixation

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1. The Journal of Infectious Diseases by Infectious Diseases Society of America, John Rockefeller McCormick Memorial Fund, John McCormick Institute for Infectious Diseases (1915)
"Delcourt" obtained complement-fixation in six cases of pertussis. ... In five cases only was there complement-fixation and in thirty-one cases no fixation ..."

2. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1922)
"I could make out the fixation point, somewhere in the mist. Its outline wasn't distinct. ... The fixation point is indefinitely objective and bidimensional. ..."

3. Technical Bulletin (1919)
"(5) The fixation of potassium from KC1 also correlated somewhat with the quantities of calcium and SiO2 dissolved from the non-carbonate soils by 0.2 N HC1. ..."

4. Infection and Resistance: An Exposition of the Biological Phenomena by Hans Zinsser, Stewart Woodford Young (1914)
"We may say, however, that a survey of the entire literature of complement fixation in the diagnosis of malignant tumors does not yet justify our acceptation ..."

5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"fixation abruptly ceased during the first days of September and did not ... The fixation occurring in the sediments is biological because activity was ..."

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