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rit·u·al

(rich'ū-ăl),
In psychiatry and psychology, any repetitive psychomotor activity (for example, hair pulling, handwashing) performed by a person to relieve anxiety, typically seen in obsessive-compulsive disorder.
[L. ritualis, fr. ritus, rite]

ritual

[rich′o̅o̅wəl]
1 a mental health disorder characterized by repetitive sequences of stereotyped daily life routines, such as repeated handwashing, that interferes with an individual's level of functioning.
2 a prescribed order of ceremonial acts or series of acts.
3 a detailed procedure followed faithfully or regularly.

ritual

Psychiatry Repetitive complex movements, often a distorted or stereotyped elaboration of a daily routine, used to relieve anxiety, or seen in obsessive compulsive disorder. See Obsessive-compulsive disorder. Cf Motor tic.

rit·u·al

(rich'ū-ăl)
psychiatry, psychologyAny psychomotor activity (e.g., pathologic handwashing) performed by a person to relieve anxiety or forestall its development; typically seen in obsessive-compulsive disorder.
[L. ritualis, fr. ritus, rite]
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