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hypnotism

[hip-nuh-tiz-uh m] /ˈhɪp nəˌtɪz əm/
noun
1.
the science dealing with the induction of hypnosis.
2.
the act of hypnotizing.
3.
Origin
shortening of neuro-hypnotism, term introduced by British surgeon James Braid (1795-1860) in 1842; see hypnotic, -ism
Related forms
hypnotist, noun
hypnotistic, adjective
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  • The act of hypnotism only serves as a focusing piece for the otherwise unfocused.
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British Dictionary definitions for hypnotism

hypnotism

/ˈhɪpnəˌtɪzəm/
noun
1.
the scientific study and practice of hypnosis
2.
the process of inducing hypnosis
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Word Origin and History for hypnotism
n.

1843, short for neuro-hypnotism (1842), coined by Dr. James Braid of Manchester, England, from hypnotic + -ism. In the same work (1843) Braid coined the verb hypnotize.

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hypnotism in Medicine

hypnotism hyp·no·tism (hĭp'nə-tĭz'əm)
n.

  1. The theory or practice of inducing hypnosis.

  2. The act of inducing hypnosis.


hyp'no·tist n.
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