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escape mechanism

n
(Psychoanalysis) psychol any emotional or mental mechanism that enables a person to avoid acknowledging unpleasant or threatening realities. See also escapism

escape′ mech`anism


n.
a means of avoiding an unpleasant life situation, as daydreaming.
[1930–35]
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Noun1.escape mechanism - a form of behavior that evades unpleasant realities
dodging, escape, evasion - nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do; "his evasion of his clear duty was reprehensible"; "that escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive"
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Preclinically, the killing of cancer cells by GBR 1302 is more rapid, more complete and not expected to be subject to the same resistance escape mechanisms as therapies directed against HER2.
Objective: This project~s main objective is to study the role of the CD300 receptor family in the pathogenesis of the infection by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and viral escape mechanisms.
Other working and middle-class parents today may be seen as striving to silence doubts about their sacrifices and the escape mechanisms they employ by demonizing youth culture.
Vaccines that are designed to boost specific immunity against breast cancer will probably work best in early-stage disease, in which the postsurgical tumor burden is relatively low, the cancer cells have not yet evolved sophisticated escape mechanisms, and the patient has not been saddled with severe immunoincompetence due to extensive chemotherapy said Dr.
In lay terms we should think of discriminative stimuli as danger signals and discriminative responses as escape mechanisms.
The bills the Democrats crafted were so fraught with liberal loopholes and escape mechanisms they were worthy of a Houdini virtuoso performance.
Address the growing challenge of drug-resistance and therapy escape mechanisms used by pathogens
Additionally, the anti-angiogenic activity of GEN-1 mediated through up regulation of the interferon gamma (IFN-gamma) pathway may help to explain the remarkable synergy between GEN-1 and Avastin and potentially addresses the VEGF escape mechanisms associated with resistance to Avastin therapy.
We believe that the combination of therapies targeting different tumour escape mechanisms is about to change the way we treat a complex disease such as cancer.
The killing of cancer cells by GBR 1302 is more rapid, more complete and not subject to the same resistance escape mechanisms as competing therapies.
As we develop the ability to block, with precision, the drivers of tumor growth, we must also block the escape mechanisms facilely used by these cells," Neil said.