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displacement

 [dis-plās´ment]
3. a defense mechanism in which emotions, ideas, wishes, or impulses are unconsciously shifted from their original object to a more acceptable, usually less threatening, substitute.
4. in a chemical reaction, the replacement of one atom or group in a molecule by another.

dis·place·ment

(dis-plās'ment),
1. Removal from the normal location or position.
2. The adding to a fluid (particularly a gas) in an open vessel to one of greater density whereby the first is expelled.
3. In chemistry, a change in which one element, radical, or molecule is replaced by another, or in which one element exchanges electric charges with another by reduction or oxidation.
4. In psychoanalysis, the unconscious transfer of strong affective energy or emotion, from the significant object to a neutral one.

displacement

(dĭs-plās′mənt)
n.
1.
a. The act of displacing.
b. The condition of having been displaced.
2. Chemistry A reaction in which an atom, radical, ion, or molecule replaces another in a compound.
3. Physics
a. A vector or the magnitude of a vector from the initial position to a subsequent position assumed by a body.
b. The weight or volume of a fluid displaced by a floating body, used especially as a measurement of the weight or bulk of ships.
4. The volume displaced by a single stroke of a piston in an engine or pump.
5. Geology
a. The relative movement between the two sides of a fault.
b. The distance between the two sides of a fault. Also called dislocation.
6. Psychiatry A psychological defense mechanism in which there is an unconscious shift of emotions, affect, or desires from the original object to a more acceptable or immediate substitute.
Chemistry The substitution of one atom or side chain for another
Dentistry The horizontal shifting of a tooth crown resulting in malocclusion
Global village See Internally displaced person
Molecular biology A shift in location of a sequence of nucleotides
Psychiatry An unconscious ego defense mechanism in which a person’s normal emotions and reactions are repressed, changed, or transferred to more socially appropriate responses, often to allay anxiety

displacement

Psychiatry An unconscious ego defense mechanism in which a person's normal emotions and reactions are repressed, changed, or transferred to more socially appropriate responses, often to allay anxiety. See Acting out.

dis·place·ment

(dis-plās'mĕnt)
1. Removal from the normal location or position.
2. The adding to a fluid (particularly a gas) in an open vessel one of greater density whereby the first is expelled.
3. chemistry A change in which one element, radical, or molecule is replaced by another, or in which one element exchanges electric charges with another by reduction or oxidation.
4. psychiatry The transfer of impulses from one expression to another, as from fighting to talking.

Displacement

A psychological process in which feelings originating from one source are expressed outwardly in terms of concern or preoccupation with an issue or problem that the patient considers more acceptable. In some BDD patients, obsession about the body includes displaced feelings, often related to a history of childhood abuse.