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Inhibition

Inhibition in microbiology, the prevention of the growth or multiplication of microorganisms.


Inhibition is the blocking of one physiological or psychological process by another, e.g. the response to one sense receptor inhibiting response to another, or fear inhibiting escape from danger. In psychoanalysis inhibition is used to describe an impulse from the ID being blocked from entering consciousness by the superego. This is not the same as repression where the impulse is actively held back.  

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Inhibition
- The act of inhibiting, or the state of being inhibited; restraint; prohibition; embargo.
- A stopping or checking of an already present action; a restraining of the function of an organ, or an agent, as a digestive fluid or ferment, etc.; as, the inhibition of the respiratory center by the pneumogastric nerve; the inhibition of reflexes, etc.
- A writ from a higher court forbidding an inferior judge from further proceedings in a cause before; esp., a writ issuing from a higher ecclesiastical court to an inferior one, on appeal.
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