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Meaning of FIXATION

Pronunciation:  fik'seyshun

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

FIXATION is a 8 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: arrested development, fixing, infantile fixation, obsession, regression
 See Also: abnormal condition, abnormalcy, abnormality, attachment, fastening, immobilisation, immobilization, preoccupation, preservation, saving



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Fix*a"tion\ (f[i^]ks*[=a]"sh[u^]n), n. [Cf. F.
1. The act of fixing, or the state of being fixed.

         An unalterable fixation of resolution.

         To light, created in the first day, God gave no
         proper place or fixation.             --Sir W.

         Marked stiffness or absolute fixation of a joint.

         A fixation and confinement of thought to a few
         objects.                              --Watts.

2. The act of uniting chemically with a solid substance or in
   a solid form; reduction to a non-volatile condition; --
   said of gaseous elements.

3. The act or process of ceasing to be fluid and becoming
   firm. --Glanvill.

4. A state of resistance to evaporation or volatilization by
   heat; -- said of metals. --Bacon.

Biology Dictionary
  1. An attachment. Being affixed. Immobilization by being glued to something solid.
  2. Evolutionarily, a state where every single individual within a population is homozygous for a particular allele (and therefore the phenotype that the allele confers). For example, in a population where everyone has blue eyes, the allele for blue eye color is fixed and everyone will continue to have blue eyes in the future, as long as no new individuals come into the population from elsewhere.
  3. Psychologically, an obsessive amount of attention toward something.
  4. The conversion of an inorganic source of an element (like nitrogen or carbon) into an organically useful form.
Thesaurus Terms
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