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sublimation

 [sub″lĭ-ma´shun]
the conversion of a solid directly into the gaseous state.
an unconscious defense mechanism in which an individual diverts socially unacceptable instinctive drives into personally approved and socially acceptable channels. Mental conflicts may be resolved by this means although the person achieves only partial satisfaction of his impulses.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

sub·li·ma·tion

(sŭb'li-mā'shŭn),
1. The process of converting a solid directly into a gas; analogous to distillation.
2. In psychoanalysis, an unconscious defense mechanism in which unacceptable instinctual drives and wishes are modified into more personally and socially acceptable channels.
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sublimation

Psychiatry An ego defense mechanism, operating unconsciously, by which instinctual drives, consciously unacceptable, are diverted into personally and socially acceptable channels
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

sub·li·ma·tion

(sŭb'li-mā'shŭn)
1. The process of converting a solid into a gas without passing it through a liquid state; analogous to distillation.
2. psychoanalysis An unconscious defense mechanism in which unacceptable instinctual drives and wishes are modified into more personally and socially acceptable channels.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

sublimation

Deflection of socially unacceptable drives into acceptable channels so that the necessity for repression is avoided. Sublimation is a psychoanalytic concept and is considered to be a healthy feature of a mature personality.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

sub·li·ma·tion

(sŭb'li-mā'shŭn)
Process of converting a solid directly into a gas; analogous to distillation.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012