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[ri-jek-shuh n] /rɪˈdʒɛk ʃən/
the act or process of rejecting.
the state of being rejected.
something that is rejected.
1545-55; < Latin rējectiōn- (stem of rējectiō) a throwing back, equivalent to rēject(us) (see reject) + -iōn- -ion
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nonrejection, noun
prerejection, noun
1, 2. refusal, spurning, dismissal, elimination. Unabridged
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Word Origin and History for prerejection



1550s, from French réjection (16c.) or directly from Latin reiectionem (nominative reiectio) "act of throwing back," noun of action from past participle stem of reicere (see reject). In 19c., it also could mean "excrement." Medical transplant sense is from 1954. In the psychological sense, relating to parenting, from 1931.

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prerejection in Medicine

rejection re·jec·tion (rĭ-jěk'shən)

  1. The act of rejecting or the state of being rejected.

  2. The failure of a recipient's body to accept a transplanted tissue or organ as the result of immunological incompatability; immunological resistance to foreign tissue.

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prerejection in Culture

rejection definition

A process in which the immune system of a body attacks an organ or tissue, either its own or tissue transplanted into it from another organism. (See xenotransplantation.)

Note: Rejection is the most serious problem faced in surgery involving organ transplants. Drugs are used to suppress the immune system after organ transplant in order to prevent the rejection of and eventual death of the transplanted tissue.
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