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shut-in

[shuht-in] /ˈʃʌtˌɪn/
adjective
1.
confined to one's home, a hospital, etc., as from illness.
2.
Psychiatry. disposed to desire solitude; withdrawn; asocial.
3.
(of an oil or gas well) temporarily sealed up.
noun
4.
a person confined by infirmity or disease to the house, a hospital, etc.
5.
Also called shut-in well. an oil or gas well that has been closed down.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; adj., noun use of verb phrase shut in
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British Dictionary definitions for shutin

shut-in

noun
1.
(mainly US & Canadian)
  1. a person confined indoors by illness
  2. (as modifier): a shut-in patient
2.
(psychiatry) a condition in which the person is highly withdrawn and unable to express his own feelings See also schizoid
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Word Origin and History for shutin

shut-in

n.

"person confined from normal social intercourse," 1904, from the verbal phrase, from shut (v.) + in (adv.).

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shutin in Medicine

shut-in n.
A person confined indoors by illness or disability. adj.

  1. Confined to a home or hospital, as by illness.

  2. Disposed to avoid social contact; excessively withdrawn or introverted.

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