Definition of fixation in English:

fixation

Syllabification: fix·a·tion
Pronunciation: /fikˈsāSH(ə)n
 
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noun

1An obsessive interest in or feeling about someone or something: his fixation on the details of other people’s erotic lives our fixation with diet and fitness
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  • A colleague of mine is forever marvelling at the methodical way in which I flip over my rotating calendar each morning, not recognising in the gesture my complete fixation with time.
  • The first to die, of course, are the young people, paying in blood for their generation's fixation with communication.
  • He said it could have been a blurring between his feelings about women and fixation with celebrities.
Synonyms
obsession, preoccupation, mania, addiction, compulsion
informal thing, bug, craze, fad
1.1 Psychoanalysis The arresting of part of the libido at an immature stage, causing an obsessive attachment: fixation at the oral phase might result in dependence on others an oral-maternal fixation
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  • The reasons for this arrest are not clearly specified; but it was assumed that fixation at the oral stage might be the result of either deprivation or overgratification of the infant's oral needs.
  • In most of these cases we speak of psychological obsessions or fixations.
  • The individual would have no conscious awareness of the nature of the fixation, but the libido would constantly turn away from the possibility of satisfaction in reality, towards a fantasy gratification.
2The action of making something firm or stable: sand dune fixation
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  • Many surgeons remain advocates of cementless total knee arthroplasty; however, the majority of current procedures involve cemented fixation.
  • Cementless fixation depends on prosthesis design plus ingrowth and overgrowth of bone to biologically bind the prosthesis to the skeleton.
  • Cemented fixation relies on a stable interface between the prosthesis and the cement and a solid mechanical bond between the cement and the bone.
2.1 Biochemistry The process by which some plants and microorganisms incorporate gaseous nitrogen or carbon dioxide to form nongaseous compounds: his work on nitrogen fixation in plants
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  • Carbon dioxide fixation and light absorption takes place in the plant shoot parts, mostly leaf blades.
  • Industrial fixation of nitrogen for fertilizer and other human activities has more than doubled the rates of terrestrial fixation of gaseous nitrogen into biologically available forms.
  • These grass species carry out C4 photosynthesis, an important adaptation that increases the efficiency of CO 2 fixation in plants.
2.2 Biology The process of preserving or stabilizing (a specimen) with a chemical substance prior to microscopy or other examination: biopsy specimens were placed in cassettes before fixation in formalin
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  • Bone marrow biopsy material was acid decalcified prior to formalin fixation.
  • Figure 2 D shows a section taken from a dehydrated but unfrozen specimen that had not been allowed to re-hydrate prior to fixation.
  • Finally, it is worth noting that a full examination of protoplast contents was not possible due to poor fixation of specimens.
3 technical The action of concentrating the eyes directly on something: during the period of total blindness there was a complete absence of visual fixation
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  • In other words, when foraging, whooping cranes favor visual fixation.
  • These are necessary for maintaining visual fixation when the head moves.
  • The pattern of fixations and saccades during visual exploration of a scene using only the eyes is strikingly similar to the intermittent locomotion of an animal searching for food in a physical landscape.

Origin

late Middle English (originally as an alchemical term denoting the process of reducing a volatile spirit or essence to a permanent bodily form): from medieval Latin fixatio(n-), from fixare (see fix).

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