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    Apathy, alienation, and personal distress resulting from the loss of goals previously valued. Emile Durkheim popularized this term when he listed it as a principal reason for suicide.


Lack of feeling, emotion, interest, or concern.

The estrangement felt in a setting one views as foreign, unpredictable, or unacceptable. For example, in depersonalization phenomena, feelings of unreality or strangeness produce a sense of alienation from one's self or environment.

The end-result or objective, which may be specified or required in advance.

The act of killing oneself.


Anomalad, Klippel-Feil
See: Klippel-Feil sequence.

Birth defects; abnormalities.

Anomalous Coronary Artery
The normal anatomy for the coronary arteries involves their origin from the aorta at each of two separate sites. Sometimes people can be born with the origin of a coronary artery that comes from an abnormal site and this can lead to problems of coronary ischemia which can subsequently lead to heart attack. Not all coronary anomalies need surgery, but some do and the specific operation depends on which of the many varieties of coronary anomalies is present.

Deviation from normal.

Anomaly, congenital
A birth defect. A malformation that occurs before birth and is present at birth.

Anomaly, Klippel-Feil
See: Klippel-Feil sequence.

A problem with word finding. Impaired recall of words with no impairment of comprehension or the capacity to repeat the words.

Anomic aphasia
Loss of the ability to name objects.


Anal stage
The period of pregenital psychosexual development, usually from 1 to 3 years, in which the child has particular interest and concern with the process of defecation and the sensations connected with the anus. The pleasurable part of the experience is termed anal eroticism.

The developmental history of a patient and of his or her illness, especially recollections.

Anankastic personality
Synonym for obsessive-compulsive personality.

Inability to experience pleasure from activities that usually produce pleasurable feelings. Contrast with hedonism.

In Jungian psychology, a person's inner being as opposed to the character or persona presented to the world. Further, the anima may be the more feminine "soul" or inner self of a man, and the animus the more masculine soul of a woman.


Antagonist medication
A chemical entity that is not naturally occuring within the body which occupies a receptor, produces no physiologic effects, and prevents endogenous and exogenous chemicals from producing an effect on that receptor.

Lack of feeling, emotion, interest, or concern.

Anomic aphasia
Loss of the ability to name objects.

Amnestic aphasia
Loss of the ability to name objects.

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