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An unconscious defense mechanism used to allay anxiety by denying the existence of important conflicts, troublesome impulses, events, actions, or illness.
Synonym(s): negation
[M.E., fr, O.Fr., fr. L. denegare, to say no]


A denial, contradiction, or negative statement.


An unconscious defense mechanism used to allay anxiety by denying the existence of important conflicts or troublesome impulses.
Synonym(s): negation.
[M.E., fr, O.Fr., fr. L. denego, to say no]

Patient discussion about negation

Q. is her2 positive more agressive than her2 negative? i know someone with her2 positive breast cancer and her doctor said it was more difficult to detect upon its return if it came back i want to know if it is true and what can she do to detect it earlier

A. Over-expression of her2/neu, a specific molecule in the breast cancer cell is indeed considered to convey worse prognosis, and suggest the need for chemotherapy and immunotherapy with Herceptin. However, the decision is much more complicated and should be made on case by case basis after consulting a professional.

Q. Rising PSA to 10 with two negative biospies? Expect cancer? 67 yrs old in good health otherwise.

A. High values don't always mean it's cancer. At 67 years old, you're prostate is most likely enlarging, resulting in the higher PSA results. And after two negative biopsies, it sounds like you're in the clear. Like Brandon said though, keep up with your regular check ups.

Q. Does the cooking have a negative effect on the protein content of the food? I have heard that high temperatures cooking breaks the protein, so does the cooking have a negative effect on the protein content of the food?

A. Yes. Proteins can be denatured by heat, but only when the protein structure is delicate or is exposed to extremely high temperatures for long time. You must remember that breaking of protein is the physical-chemical process where the physical or chemical structure of a protein is rearranged. So cooking will not reduce on the nutritive value of the food until it’s cooked at cooking temperatures.

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This is because "something exists" (where this means, as mentioned earlier, "something that is otherwise unspecified exists") is itself an existential statement, and its negation, "no thing exists," is, on the dictum, without self-contradiction.
Negations are often particularly taxing for the mind.
The complex connections between the "earlier" and the "later" negations of exile can be more clearly illuminated by considering the figure of Theodor Herzl.
In doing so, we focus on two ideologies that are particularly relevant to socio-political attitudes in the New Zealand context: Historical Negation and Symbolic Exclusion (Sibley, 2010).
Why does he feel we need to hear these negations before we can affirm what we indeed believe?
Il se trouve qu'au meme age, les premieres negations externes avec un <<non>> en position initiale apparaissent, comme si l'exageration de la prosodie avait permis a l'enfant soit de compenser un niveau linguistique jusque la insuffisamment developpe, soit de preparer la transition vers des structures linguistiques d'une plus grande complexite.
When asked how he would respond to a US request to resume negations with only a limited settlement freeze, Shaath said: "I would say, Mr.
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The material is divided into three sections: the analytical concordance of the verb, negations, and an analytical study of the sentence.
Affixal and non-affixal negations exclude what is traditionally referred to as lexical or inherent negation (sec, for example, Givon, English 202).
These androgynous women undermine the reciprocal negations used to define men and women by representing 'public life and feminine identity as a plausible combination' (p.