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flooding

[fluhd-ing] /ˈflʌd ɪŋ/
noun
1.
a form of psychotherapy in which the patient receives abrupt and intense, rather than gradual, exposure to a fear-producing situation.
Origin of flooding
1665-1675
1665-75, for sense “flood”; see flood + -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for floodings

flooding

/ˈflʌdɪŋ/
noun
1.
the submerging of land under water, esp due to heavy rain, a lake or river overflowing, etc
2.
(pathol) excessive bleeding from the uterus, as following childbirth
3.
(psychol) a method of eliminating anxiety in a given situation, by exposing a person to the situation until the anxiety subsides
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floodings in Medicine

flooding flood·ing (flŭd'ĭng)
n.
A form of desensitization used in behavior therapy in which the patient imagines or is actually exposed to anxiety-producing stimuli.

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