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Pronunciation:  `ini'bishun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding (or an instance thereof); "they were restrained by a prohibition in their charter"; "a medical inhibition of alcoholic beverages"; "he ignored his parents' forbiddance"
  2. [n]  (psychology) the conscious exclusion of unacceptable thoughts or desires
  3. [n]  the quality of being inhibited
  4. [n]  (physiology) the process whereby nerves can retard or prevent the functioning of an organ or part; "the inhibition of the heart by the vagus nerve"

INHIBITION is a 10 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: forbiddance, prohibition, suppression
 See Also: abstinence, action, biological process, control, organic process, restraint, taboo, tabu



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In`hi*bi"tion\, n. [L. inhibitio: cf. F.
1. The act of inhibiting, or the state of being inhibited;
   restraint; prohibition; embargo.

2. (Physiol.) A stopping or checking of an already present
   action; a restraining of the function of an organ, or an
   agent, as a digestive fluid or ferment, etc.; as, the
   inhibition of the respiratory center by the pneumogastric
   nerve; the inhibition of reflexes, etc.

3. (Law) A writ from a higher court forbidding an inferior
   judge from further proceedings in a cause before; esp., a
   writ issuing from a higher ecclesiastical court to an
   inferior one, on appeal. --Cowell.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Prevention of growth or function.
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