S AND M

Abbreviation denoting sadism and masochism. See also: sadomasochism.

SAFE SEX

Practice of sexual functioning wherein the bodily fluids are kept as discrete as possible in order to minimize risks associated with sexually transmitted diseases...

SALIROMANIA

Sexual fetish or paraphilia wherein erotic pleasure is derived from soiling or disheveling the object of desire, especially an attractive person.

SAMPLING

Method of choosing a restricted quantity of individuals or conditions for involvement in studies, evaluations, or various other analysis. It is very important to...

SANFILIPPO

Rare autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disease caused by a deficiency in one of the enzymes needed to break down the glycosaminoglycan heparan sulfate (which...

SATURATED MODEL

Model which possesses a like number of parameters and possible effects in any pattern which the model may characterize.

SCALE

System of ordered marks at fixed intervals used as a reference standard in measurement. Progressive classification, as of size, amount, importance, or rank.

SCATTER

Inclination of data points to deviate from one another. For instance, variance in scores spanning a progression of examinations on the same participant.

SCHEMA

Mental model of aspects of the world or of the self that is structured in such a way as to facilitate the processes of...

SCHIZOPHRENIC EPISODE

Interval wherein a person displays notable signs and symptoms of schizophrenia, including hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thinking, and disruptions in emotional awareness and behavior patterns.

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