|1.||psychol the adoption by an adult or adolescent of behaviour more appropriate to a child, esp as a defence mechanism to avoid anxiety|
|a. the analysis or measure of the association between one variable (the dependent variable) and one or more other variables (the independent variables), usually formulated in an equation in which the independent variables have parametric coefficients, which may enable future values of the dependent variable to be predicted|
|b. (as modifer): regression curve|
|3.||astronomy the slow movement around the ecliptic of the two points at which the moon's orbit intersects the ecliptic. One complete revolution occurs about every 19 years|
|4.||geology the retreat of the sea from the land|
|5.||the act of regressing|
regression re·gres·sion (rĭ-grěsh'ən)
A subsidence of the symptoms of a disease.
A relapse of symptoms.
Reversion to an earlier or less mature pattern of feeling or behavior.
Relapse to a less perfect or developed state.
The return of a population to an earlier or less complex physical type in successive generations.
|regression (rĭ-grěsh'ən) Pronunciation Key