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disinhibition

[dis-in-i-bish-uh n, -in-hi-, dis-in-] /dɪsˌɪn ɪˈbɪʃ ən, -ˌɪn hɪ-, ˌdɪs ɪn-/
noun
1.
Psychology. a temporary loss of inhibition caused by an outside stimulus.
2.
Chemistry. removal of an inhibitor.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; dis-1 + inhibition
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disinhibition

/ˌdɪsɪnɪˈbɪʃən; -ɪnhɪ-/
noun
1.
(psychol) a temporary loss of inhibition, caused by an outside stimulus such as alcohol or a drug
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Word Origin and History for disinhibition
n.

1927; see dis- + inhibition. From the start it was noted as being, often, "inhibition of an inhibition."

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disinhibition in Medicine

disinhibition dis·in·hi·bi·tion (dĭs'ĭn-hə-bĭsh'ən, -ĭn-ə-, dĭs-ĭn'-)
n.

  1. A loss of inhibition, as through the influence of drugs or alcohol.

  2. A temporary loss of an inhibition caused by an unrelated stimulus, such as a loud noise.

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