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Fixation   /fɪksˈeɪʃən/   Listen

An abnormal state in which development has stopped prematurely.  Synonyms: arrested development, infantile fixation, regression.
An unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone.  Synonym: obsession.
The activity of fastening something firmly in position.
(histology) the preservation and hardening of a tissue sample to retain as nearly as possible the same relations they had in the living body.  Synonym: fixing.

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... roof of a house, which was our observation post, we could see the gleaming white tower of the monastery of Ramleh, and could hear the sound of its bells. The natives of Yebnah had oranges and figs for sale but they did not appreciate the fixation of prices, and their admiration for Colonel Morrison, their first Christian governor for six centuries, was tempered by their love of profiteering, now impossible of fulfilment. It was in this town that the Colonel gave orders to the omdeh or provost for the production of all arms held ...
— The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War 1914-1918 • F.L. Morrison

... without incurring a penalty. This rate ought always to be somewhat above the lowest market price, or the price which is commonly paid for the use of money by those who can give the most undoubted security. If this legal rate should be fixed below the lowest market rate, the effects of this fixation must be nearly the same as those of a total prohibition of interest. The creditor will not lend his money for less than the use of it is worth, and the debtor must pay him for the risk which he runs by accepting the full value of that use. If it is ...
— An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations • Adam Smith

... possibility of oxygen being absorbed by the yeast. We shall presently show that yeast possesses the power of absorbing that gas and emitting carbonic acid, like ordinary fungi, that even oxygen may be reckoned amongst the number of food-stuffs that may be assimilated by this plant, and that this fixation of oxygen in yeast, as well as the oxidations resulting from it, have the most marked effect on the life of yeast, on the multiplication of its cells, and on their activity as ferments acting upon sugar, whether immediately or afterwards, apart from supplies ...
— The Harvard Classics Volume 38 - Scientific Papers (Physiology, Medicine, Surgery, Geology) • Various

... nerve currents, which contain many of those variable elements which the consciousness perceives; but, in proportion as the action of the brain repeats itself and becomes more precise and more exact, this variable element becomes attenuated, falls to its lowest pitch, and may even disappear in the fixation ...
— The Mind and the Brain - Being the Authorised Translation of L'me et le Corps • Alfred Binet

... not; but that you will have it so, To see conclusions of all: for two Of our inferior works are at fixation, A third is in ascension. Go your ways. Have you set the ...
— The Alchemist • Ben Jonson

Words linked to "Fixation" :   abnormalcy, histology, preoccupation, fastening, attachment, preservation, fixate, abnormality, plastination

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