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defense' mech"anism




1. Physiol.the defensive reaction of an organism, as against a pathogenic microorganism.
2. Psychol.an unconscious process, as denial, that protects an individual from unacceptable or painful ideas or impulses.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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