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Meaning of ADDICTION

Pronunciation:  u'dikshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an abnormally strong craving
  2. [n]  being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)

ADDICTION is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: dependence, dependency, habituation
 See Also: craving, drug addiction, physiological condition, physiological state, white plague



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ad*dic"tion\, n. [Cf. L. addictio an adjudging.]
The state of being addicted; devotion; inclination. ``His
addiction was to courses vain.'' --Shak.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Psychological or physiological dependence on a drug. With true addictions, severe symptoms appear when the addicted person stops taking the drug on which he is dependent.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: A dream about addiction means clearly a loss of control and weakness in front of great difficulty. It is not time to give up hope and lose confidence in yourself. Addiction to fear and low self esteem won't help solve the problem.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: This is the state of being physically or psychologically dependent on some substance. Common abused substances include:
  • ethyl alcohol (grain alcohol)
  • opioids (opium, heroin, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, meperidine [Demerol])
  • hallucinogens (LSD, psilocybin, DMT, morning glory seeds)
  • mescaline, MDA, PMA, STP
  • amphetamines
  • cocaine
  • inhalants (solvents and aerosols)
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: a habit, acquired tolerance, acute alcoholism, addictedness, alcoholism, amphetamine withdrawal symptoms, barbiturate addiction, barbiturism, chain smoking, chronic alcoholism, cocainism, crash, craving, dependence, dipsomania, drug addiction, drug culture, drug dependence, habituation, nicotine addiction, physical dependence, psychological dependence, tolerance, withdrawal sickness, withdrawal symptoms