obsessive-compulsive disorder

noun

psychiatry an anxiety disorder in which patients are driven to repeat the same act, such as washing their hands, over and over again, usually for many hoursAbbreviation: OCD

Nearby words

  1. obsessed,
  2. obsession,
  3. obsessional,
  4. obsessive,
  5. obsessive-compulsive,
  6. obsessively,
  7. obsidian,
  8. obsidian dating,
  9. obsidional coin,
  10. obsolesc.

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Science definitions for obsessive-compulsive disorder

obsessive-compulsive disorder

[ əb-sĕsĭv-kəm-pŭlsĭv ]

A psychiatric disorder characterized by the persistent intrusion of repetitive, unwanted thoughts which may be accompanied by compulsive actions, such as handwashing. The individual cannot voluntarily prevent these thoughts or actions, which interfere with normal functioning.
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