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decondition Syllabification: de·con·di·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌdēkənˈdiSHən/

Definition of decondition in English:


[with object]
1 (usually as adjective deconditioned) Cause to lose fitness or muscle tone, especially through lack of exercise: deconditioned muscles
More example sentences
  • These suggested effects, if proved, might confirm the importance of pulmonary rehabilitation programs including exercise training in these deconditioned COPD patients.
  • The challenge for the person with FMS is in the gradual approach to exercise. Doing too much, too soon can hurt deconditioned muscles.
  • The bottom line is that health clubs have not done a good job of bringing the deconditioned population into a fitness facility.
2 (usually as noun deconditioning) Psychiatry Reform or reverse (previously conditioned behavior), especially in the treatment of phobia and other anxiety disorders in which the fear response to certain stimuli is brought under control. Compare with counterconditioning.
Example sentences
  • According to Terry Givens, who helped design fitness courses for the United States Air Force Academy, as we age, our tissues decondition.
2.1 informal Persuade (someone) to abandon a habitual mode of thinking.
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