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ZALCPLON

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noun. a hypnotic drug which, unlike barbiturate and benzodiazepine hypnotics, doesn't alleviate anxiety at lesser doses. United States brand name: Sonata.

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ZAR (ZAAR)

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noun. a culturally-rooted syndrome, typical in Middle Eastern and North African societies, which is credited to spirit possession. Happening most often in females, zar frequently consists of somatic, dissociative, and affective indicators, like yelling, giggling, apathy, and refusal engage in or carry out everyday tasks.

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ZARONTIN

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noun. a brand name for ethosuximide.

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ZEIGARNIK EFFECT

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the propensity for disturbed, unfinished jobs to be better recalled than finished jobs.

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ZEITGEBER

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noun. a cue, like the length of a day, utilized to initiate or time a biological rhythm.

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ZEITGEIST

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noun. the spirit of the times . It refers to a form of supraindividual mind at work in the world and developed in the cultural world view which pervades the ideas, outlooks, and emotions of a specific culture in a particular historical period.

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ZELMID

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noun. a brand name for zimeldinf.

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ZELOTYPIA

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noun. extreme overzealousness with regard to advocating for a cause.

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ZEN BUDDHISM

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a Japanese school of Buddhism, extending back to the sixth century ce, wherein enlightenment was sought via direct, intuitive experience instead of via an intellectual approach to scriptures. One technique of readying the path for such insight is to commit oneself to the solution of an insoluble paradox.

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ZEN THERAPY

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psychotherapy which is informed by and integrates the philosophy and practices of Zen Buddhism and which, alike to existentialism, is regarding the unique connotation of the patient's life within the universal framework, instead of with simple acclimation to or elimination of indicators.

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