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ab·re·act

(ab-rē-akt'),
1. To show strong emotion while reliving a traumatic experience.
2. To discharge or release repressed emotion.

abreact

(ăb′rē-ăkt′)
tr.v. abre·acted, abre·acting, abre·acts
To release (repressed emotions) by acting out, as in words, behavior, or the imagination, the situation causing the conflict.

ab′re·ac′tion n.

abreaction

(ab?re-ak'shon) [ ab- + reaction]
In psychoanalysis, the release of emotion by consciously recalling or acting out a painful experience that had been forgotten or repressed. The painful or consciously intolerable experience may become bearable as a result of the insight gained during this process.
See: catharsis (2) abreact (-akt')