Definition of Inhibition

1. Noun. (psychology) the conscious exclusion of unacceptable thoughts or desires.

Exact synonyms: Suppression
Generic synonyms: Abstinence
Category relationships: Psychological Science, Psychology
Derivative terms: Inhibit, Suppress

2. Noun. The quality of being inhibited.
Generic synonyms: Control, Restraint
Specialized synonyms: Taboo, Tabu

3. Noun. (physiology) the process whereby nerves can retard or prevent the functioning of an organ or part. "The inhibition of the heart by the vagus nerve"
Category relationships: Physiology
Generic synonyms: Biological Process, Organic Process

4. Noun. The action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding (or an instance thereof). "He ignored his parents' forbiddance"
Exact synonyms: Forbiddance, Prohibition
Generic synonyms: Action
Derivative terms: Forbid, Inhibit, Prohibit

Definition of Inhibition

1. n. The act of inhibiting, or the state of being inhibited; restraint; prohibition; embargo.

Definition of Inhibition

1. Noun. the act of inhibiting. ¹

2. Noun. (psychology) a personal feeling of fear or embarrassment that stops one behaving naturally. ¹

3. Noun. (chemistry) the process of stopping or retarding a chemical reaction. ¹

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Definition of Inhibition

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Medical Definition of Inhibition

1. 1. Arrest or restraint of a process. 2. The interference with or prevention of a behavioural or verbal response even though the stimulus for that response is present; in psychoanalysis the unconscious restraining of an instinctual process. Origin: L. Inhibere = to restrain, habere = to hold (04 Jul 1999)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Inhibition

inhibiting antibody
inhibiting hormone
inhibition (current term)
inhibition factor
inhibitory fibres
inhibitory junction potential
inhibitory nerve
inhibitory postsynaptic potential
inhibitory synapse

Literary usage of Inhibition

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

1. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1912)
"Definition of inhibition Part I. The Effect of (Strong) Auditory ... The inhibition of Olfactory Sensations by Strongly Attended Sounds 357 Summary 364 ..."

2. The Integrative Action of the Nervous System by Charles Scott Sherrington (1906)
"Other examples of inhibition as part of reflex reciprocal innervation. ... Conversion of reflex inhibition into reflex excitation by strychnine and by ..."

3. A Text Book of Physiology by Michael Foster (1891)
"If in these two experiments both vagi are divided, or the medulla oblongata is destroyed, inhibition is not produced, however much either the intestine or ..."

4. A Text Book of Physiology by Michael Foster (1891)
"If in these two experiments both vagi are divided, or the medulla oblongata is destroyed, inhibition is not produced, however much either the intestine or ..."

5. Medical Record by George Frederick Shrady, Thomas Lathrop Stedman, Joseph Meredith Toner Collection (Library of Congress) (1902)
"With every act of deglutition a wave of inhibition sweeps over the ... I shall not speak in detail of the inhibition in the bladder, the iris, etc. ..."

6. An Institute of the Law of Scotland: In Four Books : in the Order of Sir by John Erskine, George Mackenzie, James Ivory (1824)
"Thus, inhibition demanded by a wife on her marriage-contract against her husband, was not allowed to proceed till inquiry was made into the husband's ..."

7. Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology: Including Many of the Principal by James Mark Baldwin (1901)
"In many instances of the latter case only partial inhibition takes place, and there is a partial adjustment of elements of objective reality with those of ..."

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