- The definition of a fixation is a point of focus, an obsession or the chemical reduction into a solid form.
An example of a fixation is a compulsion to bite one's nails.
This man's fixation is biting his nails.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a fixing, or fixating, or a being fixed, or fixated; specif.,
- the directing and focusing of the eyes
- popularly an exaggerated preoccupation; obsession
- reduction into a solid, permanent, or nonvolatile form
- nitrogen fixation
- Photog. the treatment of a film, print, etc. to make it permanent
- Psychoanalysis an arrest of the expression of the libidinal or aggressive drive at an early stage of psychosexual development, or a persistent attachment to some object or person that derives from this
Origin: Middle English fixacioun ; from Midieval Latin fixatio ; from fixatus: see fixate
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- The act or process of fixing or fixating.
- An obsessive preoccupation.
- Psychology A strong attachment to a person or thing, especially such an attachment formed in childhood or infancy and manifested in immature or neurotic behavior that persists throughout life.
fixation - Medical Definition
- The condition of being stabilized, firmly attached, or set.
- The act or process of stabilizing or attaching something, especially a body part by surgery.
- The rapid killing and preservation of tissue elements to retain as nearly as possible the same characteristics they had in the living body.
- The conversion of a gas into solid or liquid form by chemical reactions.
- In psychoanalytic theory, a strong emotional attachment to a person or thing, especially an attachment formed in childhood or infancy and manifested in disturbed behavior that persists throughout life.
- The coordinated positioning and focusing of both eyes on an object.