regression [ ri- gresh- uh n ] SHOW IPA / rɪˈgrɛʃ ən / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun the act of going back to a previous place or state; return or reversion. retrogradation; retrogression. . Biology reversion to an earlier or less advanced state or form or to a common or general type. . Psychoanalysis the reversion to a chronologically earlier or less adapted pattern of behavior and feeling. a subsidence of a disease or its manifestations: a regression of symptoms. Origin of regression
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-ion Related forms non·re·gres·sion, noun
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These levels are correlated with degrees of
regression, as a review of the symptoms discussed above may show.
If the ego then does not approve this
regression, the conflict takes place.
The end of the dream indicates the mental processes of the patient, and her struggle against a
Turning now to the symptoms of the stupor proper, we note, first, the effects of the loss of energy which
regression implies. British Dictionary definitions for regression noun psychol the adoption by an adult or adolescent of behaviour more appropriate to a child, esp as a defence mechanism to avoid anxiety statistics the analysis or measure of the association between one variable (the dependent variable) and one or more other variables (the independent variables), usually formulated in an equation in which the independent variables have parametric coefficients, which may enable future values of the dependent variable to be predicted ( as modifer) regression curve astronomy the slow movement around the ecliptic of the two points at which the moon's orbit intersects the ecliptic. One complete revolution occurs about every 19 years geology the retreat of the sea from the land the act of regressing
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Word Origin and History for regression n.
early 15c., from Latin
regressionem (nominative regressio) "a going back, a return," noun of action from past participle stem of regredi (see regress (n.)).
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Medicine definitions for regression n. A subsidence of the symptoms of a disease. A relapse of symptoms. Reversion to an earlier or less mature pattern of feeling or behavior. Relapse to a less perfect or developed state. The return of a population to an earlier or less complex physical type in successive generations. The relationship between the mean value of a random variable and the corresponding values of one or more independent variables.
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Science definitions for regression A subsiding of the symptoms or process of a disease. The return of a population to an earlier or less complex physical type in successive generations. The relationship between the mean value of a random variable and the corresponding values of one or more independent variables. A relative fall in sea level resulting in deposition of terrestrial strata over marine strata. Compare transgression. Retrograde motion of a celestial body.
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Culture definitions for regression
Freudian concept used by psychiatrists to signify a return to primitive or impulsive behavior after more mature behavior has been learned. ( See also defense mechanism, id, and libido.)
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