BETRAYAL TRAUMA

n. the kind of trauma in which a person feels betrayed by the very people he or she trusts and depends upon. It is...

BILINEAL DESCENT

n. in lineage, refers to two lines of descent, considering both the patrilineal (paternal) and the matrilineal (maternal) sides. See kinship- also descent group-...

BINOMIAL DISTRIBUTION

n. in statistics and probability theory, refers to the distribution of the number of successes drawn from a sequence of independent trials (n), each...

BIOENGINEERING

n. the use of engineering principles as applied to biological processes. The focus is on designing, testing, and manufacturing aids and devices which take...

BIOLOGICAL FACTOR

n. Anything which affects the function and behavior of a living organism. Internally, this factor can be a physical, physiological, chemical, neurological, or genetic...

BIOLOGICALLY PRIMARY ABILITY

n. an ability, knowledge, or skill which is necessary for growth and evolution. With proper motivation, children develop these primary abilities in order to...

BIOSOCIAL THEORY

in social and behavioral science, refers to an approach which looks into the possibility that a mental illness or personality disorder might significantly be...

BIPOLAR

adj. the condition of vacillating between two extreme poles, for instance, that of mania and depression. The term usually applies to affective conditions which...

BIRTH RATE

n. in statistics, refers to the ratio of total live births to that of the total population (or per 1,000 population) in a specific...

BIZARRE BEHAVIOR

adj. a general term for behavior that is out of the ordinary or far from normal. Markedly unusual and unexpected in a person, it...

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