[ with-draw-uhl, -drawl, with- ]
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  1. Also with·draw·ment. the act or condition of withdrawing.

  2. Pharmacology. the act or process of ceasing to use an addictive drug.

Origin of withdrawal

First recorded in 1740–50; withdraw + -al2

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British Dictionary definitions for withdrawal


/ (wɪðˈdrɔːəl) /

  1. an act or process of withdrawing; retreat, removal, or detachment

  2. the period a drug addict goes through following abrupt termination in the use of narcotics, usually characterized by physical and mental symptoms (withdrawal symptoms)

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Scientific definitions for withdrawal


[ wĭð-drôəl, wĭth- ]

  1. Discontinuation of the use of an addictive substance. The symptoms of withdrawal include headache, diarrhea, and tremors and can range from mild to life threatening, depending on the extent of the body's reliance on the addictive substance.

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