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

1665–75, for sense “flood”; see flood + -ing1
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Related Words for floodings

inundation, alluvion

British Dictionary definitions for floodings


  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


  1. 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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