The definition of hypnosis is a calm state of altered-consciousness that allows a person to recall memories or be guided to change a behavior.(noun)
An example of hypnosis is a technique that is sometimes used to help someone stop smoking.
See hypnosis in Webster's New World College Dictionary
noun pl. hypnoses
Origin: ModL: see hypno- & -osis
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noun pl. hyp·no·ses (-sēz)
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See also psychology.
1. the process of hypnotizing oneself.
2. the resulting state.
1. animal magnetism, or the power that enables some people to induce a hypnotic state in others.
2. physical attraction between members of opposite sexes. —biomagnetic, adj.
psychoanalysis of a patiënt while he is under hypnosis. —hypnoanalytic, hypnoanalytical, adj.
the process of inducing a state of hypnosis. —hypnogenetic, adj.
psychotherapy employing hypnosis. —hypnotherapeutic, adj.
the science that studies hypnosis and the process of inducing a hypnotic state. —hypnotist, n.
1. hypnosis as induced by Dr. F. A. Mesmer through “animal magnetism,” a 19th-century therapy.
3. a compelling attraction; fascination. —mesmerization, n. —mesmerist, mesmerizer, n.
an obsession with hypnosis.
the focusing of the attention on a single thing, especially as a result of hypnosis.
hypnosis with the aid of drugs.
the theory of od, a hypothetical force formerly held to pervade all nature and to reveal itself in magnetism, mesmerism, chemical action, etc. —odylic, adj.
Rare. the state of being in a hypnotic trance.
a state of sleep induced by hypnosis or mesmerism. —somnipathist, n.
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