[with-draw-uhl, -drawl, with-]
Also, withdrawment. the act or condition of withdrawing.
Pharmacology. the act or process of ceasing to use an addictive drug.
coitus interruptus.

1740–50; withdraw + -al2

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withdrawal (wɪðˈdrɔːəl)
1.  an act or process of withdrawing; retreat, removal, or detachment
2.  the period a drug addict goes through following abrupt termination in the use of narcotics, usually characterized by physical and mental symptoms (withdrawal symptoms)

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Word Origin & History

1820s, "act of taking back," also "retraction of a statement," from withdraw. Earlier was withdrawment (1630s). Meaning "removal of money from a bank, etc." is from 1861; psychological sense is from 1916; meaning "physical reaction to the cessation of an addictive substance"
is from 1897, not common until 1920s.
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withdrawal with·draw·al (wĭð-drô'əl, wĭth-)

  1. Detachment, as from social or emotional involvement.

  2. Discontinuation of the use of an addictive substance.

  3. The physiological and mental readjustment that accompanies such discontinuation.

  4. A pattern of behavior, observed in schizophrenia and depression, that is characterized by a pathological retreat from interpersonal contact and social involvement and that leads to self-preoccupation.

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withdrawal   (wĭ-drô'əl, wĭth-)  Pronunciation Key 
Discontinuation of the use of an addictive substance. The symptoms of withdrawal include headache, diarrhea, and tremors and can range from mild to life threatening, depending on the extent of the body's reliance on the addictive substance.
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Example sentences
After you quit smoking, you will have some withdrawal symptoms.
The philanthropy's impending withdrawal has aroused anxiety about what.
But opposition to the war does not translate directly into support for
  immediate withdrawal.
Withdrawal symptoms tend to disappear in two to four days, though they can last
  up to a week or more.
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