|1.||a system or structure of moving parts that performs some function, esp in a machine|
|2.||something resembling a machine in the arrangement and working of its parts: the mechanism of the ear|
|3.||any form of mechanical device or any part of such a device|
|4.||a process or technique, esp of execution: the mechanism of novel writing|
|a. the doctrine that human action can be explained in purely physical terms, whether mechanical or biological|
|b. the explanation of phenomena in causal rather than teleological or essentialist terms|
|c. the view that the task of science is to seek such explanations|
|d. dynamism Compare vitalism strict determinism|
|a. the ways in which psychological forces interact and operate|
|b. a structure having an influence on the behaviour of a person, such as a defence mechanism|
mechanism mech·a·nism (měk'ə-nĭz'əm)
A machine or mechanical appliance.
The arrangement of connected parts in a machine.
A system of parts that operate or interact like those of a machine.
An instrument or a process by which something is done or comes into being.
The involuntary and consistent response of an organism to a given stimulus.
A usually unconscious mental and emotional pattern that dominates behavior in a given situation or environment.
The sequence of steps in a chemical reaction.
The philosophical doctrine that all natural phenomena are explicable by material causes and mechanical principles.