Hypnosis definition

hĭp-nōsĭs
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An artificially induced altered state of consciousness, characterized by heightened suggestibility and receptivity to direction.
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An artificially induced altered state of consciousness, characterized by heightened suggestibility and receptivity to direction.
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A trancelike condition usually induced by another person, in which the subject is in a state of altered consciousness and responds, with certain limitations, to the suggestions of the hypnotist.
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A trancelike state resembling sleep, usually induced by a therapist by focusing a subject's attention, that heightens the subject's receptivity to suggestion. The uses of hypnosis in medicine and psychology include recovering repressed memories, modifying or eliminating undesirable behavior (such as smoking), and treating certain chronic disorders, such as anxiety.
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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.

An example of hypnosis is a technique that is sometimes used to help someone stop smoking.

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A sleeplike condition.
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A trancelike state, artificially induced, in which a person has a heightened suggestibility, and in which suppressed memories may be experienced.
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The art or skill of hypnotism.
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Hypnotism.
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A sleeplike condition.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

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hypnosis
Plural:
hypnoses

Origin of hypnosis

  • New Latin hypnōsis from Greek hupnoun to put to sleep hypnotic

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ὕπνος (hupnos, “sleep”) + -osis.

    From Wiktionary