\dɪfˈɛns ɹɪˈakʃən], \dɪfˈɛns ɹɪˈakʃən], \d_ɪ_f_ˈɛ_n_s ɹ_ɪ__ˈa_k_ʃ_ə_n]\
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(psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
By Princeton University
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- The young tissue of a fibrovascular bundle before its component cells have begun to be differentiated. The tissue from which vascular bundles are developed. [Latin] The tissue from which vascular bundles are developed(bot.).