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catatonia Tweet Definition of catatonia Like Definition of catatonia on Facebook
noun
  1. a severe psychiatric condition, often associated with schizophrenia, characterized by a tendency to remain in a rigid state of stupor for long periods which give way to short periods of extreme agitation
cathect Tweet Definition of cathect Like Definition of cathect on Facebook
verb
  1. To focus one's emotional energies on something.
circumstantiality Tweet Definition of circumstantiality Like Definition of circumstantiality on Facebook
noun (circumstantialities)
  1. minute, Minute detail.
  2. An irrelevant detail that disturbs one's thought process.
claustrophobia Tweet Definition of claustrophobia Like Definition of claustrophobia on Facebook
noun
  1. The fear of closed, tight places.
claustrophobic Tweet Definition of claustrophobic Like Definition of claustrophobic on Facebook
noun
  1. Someone with claustrophobia
adjective
  1. (psychology) Suffering from claustrophobia; being scared of being enclosed in a confined space.
cleptomania Tweet Definition of cleptomania Like Definition of cleptomania on Facebook
noun
  1. (dated) alternative spelling of kleptomania
compulsive Tweet Definition of compulsive Like Definition of compulsive on Facebook
adjective
  1. with an uncontrolled need to do things, obsessive
confabulate Tweet Definition of confabulate Like Definition of confabulate on Facebook
verb (confabulat, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To speak casually with; to chat.
  2. (intransitive) To confer.
  3. (context, intransitive, psychology) To fabricate memories in order to fill gaps in one's memory.
confabulation Tweet Definition of confabulation Like Definition of confabulation on Facebook
noun
  1. A casual conversation; a chat.
  2. (context, psychology) A fabricated memory believed to be true.
conscious Tweet Definition of conscious Like Definition of conscious on Facebook
adjective ((compar): more conscious, (superl): most conscious)
  1. alert, awake.
The noise woke me, but it was another few minutes before I was fully .
  1. aware.
I was of a noise behind me.
conversion Tweet Definition of conversion Like Definition of conversion on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of having converted something or someone.
His to Christianity
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  1. (chemistry) A chemical reaction wherein a substrate is transformed into a product.
  2. (rugby) A free-kick, after scoring a try, worth two points
  3. (American football) extra point scored by kicking a field goal after scoring a touchdown.
  4. (marketing) An online advertising performance metric representing a visitor performing whatever the intended result of an ad is defined to be. This can be a purchase or a download of a whitepaper.
cycloid Tweet Definition of cycloid Like Definition of cycloid on Facebook
noun (pluralcycloids)
  1. (geometry) The locus of a point on the circumference of a circle that rolls without slipping on a fixed straight line.
  2. (zoology) A fish having cycloid scales.
adjective
  1. resemble, Resembling a circle; cycloidal.
  2. (zoology) (of fish scales) Thin and rounded, with smooth edges.
cyclothymia Tweet Definition of cyclothymia Like Definition of cyclothymia on Facebook
noun
  1. (medicine) a chronic mental disturbance characterized by mood swings and depression

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