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late 14c., fixacion, an alchemical word, from Medieval Latin fixationem (nominative fixatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin fixare, frequentative of figere "to fix" (see fix (v.)). Used in the Freudian sense since 1910.
fixation fix·a·tion (fĭk-sā'shən)
The condition of being stabilized, firmly attached, or set.
The act or process of stabilizing or attaching something, especially a body part by surgery.
The rapid killing and preservation of tissue elements to retain as nearly as possible the same characteristics they had in the living body.
The conversion of a gas into solid or liquid form by chemical reactions.
In psychoanalytic theory, a strong attachment to a person or thing, especially such an attachment formed in childhood or infancy and manifested in immature or neurotic behavior that persists throughout life.
The coordinated positioning and focusing of both eyes on an object.