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depression de·pres·sion (dĭ-prěsh'ən)

  1. The act of depressing or the state of being depressed.

  2. A reduction in physiological vigor or activity.

  3. A lowering in amount, degree, or position.

  4. An inward displacement of a body part.

  5. A hollow or sunken area.

  6. The condition of feeling sad or despondent.

  7. A psychotic or neurotic condition characterized by an inability to concentrate, insomnia, and feelings of extreme sadness, dejection, and hopelessness.

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