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seasonal affective disorder

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noun

recurrent winter depression characterized by oversleeping, overeating, and irritability, and relieved by the arrival of spring or by light therapy. Abbreviation: SAD

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RELATED WORDS

sad, melancholia

Nearby words

season, season creep, season ticket, seasonable, seasonal, seasonal affective disorder, seasonal unemployment, seasonality, seasonally, seasoned, seasoning

Origin of seasonal affective disorder

First recorded in 1980–85
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British Dictionary definitions for seasonal affective disorder

seasonal affective disorder


noun

a state of depression sometimes experienced by people in winter, thought to be related to lack of sunlightAbbreviation: SAD
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Medicine definitions for seasonal affective disorder

seasonal affective disorder

[ sēzə-nəl ]

n.

A mood disorder occurring during seasons when sunlight is limited, characterized by symptoms of depression.
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Science definitions for seasonal affective disorder

seasonal affective disorder

[ sēzə-nəl ]

A mood disorder that occurs during seasons when exposure to sunlight is limited, characterized by symptoms of depression.
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