mechanism

[ mek-uh-niz-uh m ]
/ ˈmɛk əˌnɪz əm /

noun

Origin of mechanism

1655–65; < New Latin mēchanismus; Late Latin mēchanisma a contrivance < Greek mēchan(ḗ) machine + New Latin -ismus, Late Latin -isma -ism
Related formsmech·a·nis·mic, adjectivean·ti·mech·an·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for mechanism

mechanism

/ (ˈmɛkəˌnɪzəm) /

noun

a system or structure of moving parts that performs some function, esp in a machine
something resembling a machine in the arrangement and working of its partsthe mechanism of the ear
any form of mechanical device or any part of such a device
a process or technique, esp of executionthe mechanism of novel writing
philosophy
  1. the doctrine that human action can be explained in purely physical terms, whether mechanical or biological
  2. the explanation of phenomena in causal rather than teleological or essentialist terms
  3. the view that the task of science is to seek such explanations
  4. strict determinismCompare dynamism, vitalism
psychoanal
  1. the ways in which psychological forces interact and operate
  2. a structure having an influence on the behaviour of a person, such as a defence mechanism
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Word Origin and History for mechanism

mechanism


n.

1660s, from Modern Latin mechanismus, from Greek mekhane "machine, instrument" (see machine (n.)).

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Medicine definitions for mechanism

mechanism

[ mĕkə-nĭz′əm ]

n.

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