[ shuht-in ]
/ ˈʃʌtˌɪn /
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confined to one's home, a hospital, etc., as from illness.
Psychiatry. disposed to desire solitude; withdrawn; asocial.
(of an oil or gas well) temporarily sealed up.
a person confined by infirmity or disease to the house, a hospital, etc.
Also called shut-in well . an oil or gas well that has been closed down.
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Origin of shut-in
1840–50, Americanism; adj., noun use of verb phrase shut in
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British Dictionary definitions for shut-in
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- a person confined indoors by illness
- (as modifier)a shut-in patient
psychiatry a condition in which the person is highly withdrawn and unable to express his own feelingsSee also schizoid
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Medical definitions for shut-in
[ shŭt′ĭn′ ]
A person confined indoors by illness or disability.
Confined to a home or hospital, as by illness.
Disposed to avoid social contact; excessively withdrawn or introverted.
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