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FIXATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fixation mean? 

FIXATION (noun)
  The noun FIXATION has 4 senses:

1. an abnormal state in which development has stopped prematurely
2. an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone
3. the activity of fastening something firmly in position
4. (histology) the preservation and hardening of a tissue sample to retain as nearly as possible the same relations they had in the living body

  Familiarity information: FIXATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FIXATION (noun)


Sense 1fixation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An abnormal state in which development has stopped prematurely

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

arrested development; fixation; infantile fixation; regression

Hypernyms ("fixation" is a kind of...):

abnormal condition; abnormalcy; abnormality (an abnormal condition)


Sense 2fixation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

fixation; obsession

Hypernyms ("fixation" is a kind of...):

preoccupation (an idea that preoccupies the mind and holds the attention)


Sense 3fixation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The activity of fastening something firmly in position

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("fixation" is a kind of...):

attachment; fastening (the act of fastening things together)


Sense 4fixation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(histology) the preservation and hardening of a tissue sample to retain as nearly as possible the same relations they had in the living body

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

fixation; fixing

Hypernyms ("fixation" is a kind of...):

preservation (a process that saves organic substances from decay)

Domain category:

histology (the branch of biology that studies the microscopic structure of animal or plant tissues)

Holonyms ("fixation" is a part of...):

plastination (a process involving fixation and dehydration and forced impregnation and hardening of biological tissues; water and lipids are replaced by curable polymers (silicone or epoxy or polyester) that are subsequently hardened)


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