fixation

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(psychoanalysis) a personality characterized by meticulous neatness and suspicion and reserve; said to be formed in early childhood by fixation during the anal stage of development (usually as a consequence of toilet training) anal personality , anal retentive personality
surgical fixation of a joint which is intended to result in bone fusion arthrodesis
scotoma that involves the fixation point central scotoma
fixation (as by a plaster cast) of a body part in order to promote proper healing immobilisation , immobilization
(psychoanalysis) a personality characterized either by generous optimism or aggressive and ambitious selfishness; formed in early childhood by fixation during the oral stage of development oral personality
scotoma that is adjacent to the fixation point paracentral scotoma
process involving fixation and dehydration and forced impregnation and hardening of biological tissues; water and lipids are replaced by curable polymers (silicone or epoxy or polyester) that are subsequently hardened plastination
large colonial bacterium common in tropical open-ocean waters; important in carbon and nitrogen fixation trichodesmium
blood test to detect syphilis; a complement fixation test is used to detect antibodies to the syphilis organism treponema; a positive reaction indicates the presence of antibodies and therefore syphilis infection Wassermann , Wassermann test , Wasserman reaction
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