|inhibition (ˌɪnɪˈbɪʃən, ˌɪnhɪ-)|
|1.||the act of inhibiting or the condition of being inhibited|
|a. a mental state or condition in which the varieties of expression and behaviour of an individual become restricted|
|b. the weakening of a learned response usually as a result of extinction or because of the presence of a distracting stimulus|
|c. See also repression (in psychoanalytical theory) the unconscious restraining of an impulse|
|3.||the process of stopping or retarding a chemical reaction|
|4.||physiol the suppression of the function or action of an organ or part, as by stimulation of its nerve supply|
|5.||Church of England an episcopal order suspending an incumbent|
inhibition in·hi·bi·tion (ĭn'hə-bĭsh'ən, ĭn'ə-)
The act of inhibiting or the state of being inhibited.
Something that restrains, blocks, or suppresses.
The conscious or unconscious restraint of a behavioral process, a desire, or an impulse.
Any of a variety of processes that are associated with the gradual attenuation, masking, and extinction of a previously conditioned response.
The condition in which or the process by which a reaction is inhibited.
The condition in which or the process by which an enzyme is inhibited.
A personal hindrance to activity or expression. For example, fear of contracting cancer might serve as an inhibition against smoking.