Defense-mechanism definition

(biology) A physiological reaction of an organism used in self-protection, as against infection.
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Any self-protective physiological system or reaction of an organism.
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(psychiatry) Any thought process, as repression, introjection, denial, displacement, or sublimation, unconsciously used by an individual as a defense against feelings of guilt, anxiety, shame, etc.
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(psychology) In psychoanalytic theory, any of various usually unconscious mental processes, including denial, projection, rationalization, and repression, that protect the ego from shame, anxiety, conflict, loss of self-esteem, or other unacceptable feelings or thoughts.
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(psychology) A psychological strategy used unconsciously by people to cope with harmful or stressful situations.
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(psychology) Any of various usually unconscious mental processes, including denial, projection, rationalization, and repression, that protect the ego from shame, anxiety, conflict, loss of self-esteem, or other unacceptable feelings or thoughts.
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(biology) A physiological reaction of an organism used in self-protection, as against infection.
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(evolutionary biology) An automatic reaction of the body against foreign antibodies.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of defense-mechanism - defence mechanism

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
defense-mechanism
Plural:
defense-mechanisms