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1. The process of habituating or the state of being habituated.
2. Physiological tolerance to a drug resulting from repeated use.
3. Psychology The decline in responsiveness to a stimulus due to repeated exposure.
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1. the act or process of habituating
2. (Psychology) psychol the temporary waning of an innate response that occurs when it is elicited many times in succession. Compare extinction6
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(həˌbɪtʃ uˈeɪ ʃən)

1. the act of habituating.
2. the condition of being habituated.
3. physiological tolerance to or psychological dependence on a drug, caused by continued use.
4. reduction of psychological or behavioral response to a stimulus as a result of repeated or prolonged exposure.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.habituation - being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)habituation - being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)
narcotic - a drug that produces numbness or stupor; often taken for pleasure or to reduce pain; extensive use can lead to addiction
physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state - the condition or state of the body or bodily functions
drug addiction, white plague - an addiction to a drug (especially a narcotic drug)
2.habituation - a general accommodation to unchanging environmental conditions
accommodation, adjustment, fitting - making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances
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His rifle was no old-fashioned Snider, but a modern, repeating Winchester; and he showed habituation to firing it from his shoulder rather than from the hip after the manner of most Malaitans.
The prolonged use of orthotic devices are associated with habituation and adverse effects on the musculoskeletal growth and development, for instance, ankle-foot orthosis in case of foot drop in stroke [1] or detrimental effect of lumbar support in healthy individuals.
These responsible mechanisms are alterations in cell surface calcium-sensing receptor, alterations in transmembrane calcium trafficking protein expression, the role of non-membrane-bound calcium-binding proteins, resistance to apoptosis, increased compartmental calcium concentration initiating cancerous transformation, the cytoplasmic effects of high intracellular calcium, habituation of cells to lower levels of calcium.
Diverting habituation processes were observed in the second experiment, with black-headed birds visiting the white background more during phase 1 than phase 2, whereas the opposite was the case for the red-headed birds.
All of these can contribute to an increased risk of disease and a lack of socialisation and habituation for the puppies and kittens.
We collected 131 gorilla fecal samples during August-October 2012 from 2 habituated western lowland gorilla groups and from several unhabituated gorillas around the Primate Habituation Programme camps of Mongambe and Bai Hakou.
There are 11 families suitable for tourists to visit, and a new gorilla habituation programme allows visitors to spend a full day following the animals ($1,500 US).
Researchers call this habituation, which is something we all do.
Through the magic of music, this application aims to prevent both distraction and habituation. Distraction arises when one is more focused on what's distracting them, such as a baby crying, instead of what they should be focused on, while habituation comes from being bored from what is around a person and what he/she is doing, thus leading to distraction from work by seeking out something fun to do.
It covers basic concepts and definitions, the structure of unconditioned behavior, habituation and sensitization, instrumental or operant conditioning, schedules and theories of reinforcement, punishment, avoidance learning, stimulus control of behavior, and other topics.
Cell variety, stage of ripeness and level of habituation to an acidic environment have little effect on the bacteria's survival and growth.