fixation meaning

Pronunciation:   "fixation" in a sentence
Noun: fixation  fik'seyshun
  1. An abnormal state in which development has stopped prematurely
    - arrested development, infantile fixation, regression 
  2. An unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone
    - obsession 
  3. The activity of fastening something firmly in position 
  4. (histology) the preservation and hardening of a tissue sample to retain as nearly as possible the same relations they had in the living body
    - fixing

Derived forms: fixations

See also: fixate

Type of: abnormalcy [US], abnormality, attachment, fastening, preoccupation, preservation

Part of: plastination

Encyclopedia: Fixation Fixation, ocular

The process of setting a price of a commodity, whether in the present or the future. See: Gold fixing.

1 : the act, process, or result of fixing, fixating, or becoming fixated: as
a : the act or an instance of focusing the eyes upon an object
b : a persistent concentration of libidinal energies upon objects characteristic of psychosexual stages of development preceding the genital stage
c : stereotyped behavior (as in response to frustration)
d : an obsessive or unhealthy preoccupation or attachment
2 : the immobilization of the parts of a fractured bone esp. by the use of various metal attachments


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  1. some organic systems involve more complex fixation.
  2. among the blue-green algae are many species of nitrogen fixation.
  3. mycorhizae perform the function of nitrogen fixation and storage.
  4. the fixation of the stapes may progress rapidly during pregnancy.
  5. clearly aqueous preservative systems must possess a fixation mechanism.

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