masking

[ mas-king, mah-sking ]
/ ˈmæs kɪŋ, ˈmɑ skɪŋ /

noun

Psychology. obscuring, partially or completely, one sensory process by another, as the dulling of the sense of taste by smoking.

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Origin of masking

First recorded in 1920–25; mask + -ing1, -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM masking

un·mask·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for masking

masking
/ (ˈmɑːskɪŋ) /

noun

the act or practice of masking
psychol the process by which a stimulus (usually visual or auditory) is obscured by the presence of another almost simultaneous stimulus
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Medical definitions for masking

masking
[ măskĭng ]

n.

The concealment or the screening of one sensory process or sensation by another.
An opaque covering used to camouflage the metal parts of a prosthesis.
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