physical dependence

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dependence

 [de-pen´dens]
a need for something; sometimes used as a synonym for drug dependence.
chemical dependence (drug dependence) see drug dependence.
emotional dependence psychological dependence.
physical dependence (physiological dependence) drug dependence in which the drug is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms or in which it is associated with tolerance, or both.
psychoactive substance dependence drug dependence.
psychological dependence drug dependence in which the drug is used to obtain relief from tension or emotional discomfort; called also emotional dependence.
substance dependence drug dependence.

physical dependence

substance dependence in which there is evidence of tolerance, withdrawal, or both.

physical dependence

Substance abuse A physiologic state of neuro-adaptation to a specific opioid, characterized by a withdrawal syndrome if the drug is stopped or ↓ abruptly, or if an antagonist administered; PD may be relieved partly or completely by readministration of the substance. See Addiction, Tolerance.
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use such "Lots of people are not aware some can lead to physical dependency if used for a long-time, and a vast majority of people don't even realise they are addicted.
Heinzerling concurs; "They can be a life saver during an acute pain emergency, but with chronic pain there is addiction risk as well as the possibility of accidental overdose, physical dependency and severe constipation.
It's not necessarily a physical dependency with cannabis, it's more psychological.
Cellular devices can lead to a heightened sense of anxiety in children, to isolation and feelings of psychological and physical dependency.
This isn't simply a bad habit, it's a physical dependency on various brain chemicals that produces a rewarding feeling in the body.
Emergency dependency can be divided into physical dependency, cyber dependency, and cyber-physical interaction dependency.
There is this perfectly composed, yet subtle, juxtaposition of how physical dependency is no match for a clever and confident tongue.
Alcohol is actually a mental dependency-inducing substance, but when used for long and in large quantities physical dependency develops.
Because of increased levels of physical dependency many spend more time in their homes.
The misuse of drugs can lead to physical dependency or psychological dependency.
Then they turn to case studies to illustrate such elements as identifying and realizing communicative potential in early isolated states, from distress and agitation to humor and joy, and physical dependency and creative partnership.
Nicotine is known to cause chemical changes in the brain that make nicotine addiction a physical dependency.