Pronunciation: (shut'in"), [key]
1. confined to one's home, a hospital, etc., as from illness.
2. Psychiatry.disposed to desire solitude; withdrawn; asocial.
3. (of an oil or gas well) temporarily sealed up.
1. a person confined by infirmity or disease to the house, a hospital, etc.
2. Also called shut'-in well". an oil or gas well that has been closed down.
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