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vasoconstriction

n. narrowing of blood vessels, which is controlled by vasomotor nerves of the sympathetic nervous system or by such agents as vasopressin or sympathomimetic drugs. It has the effect of increasing blood pressure. See also ergot derivative.

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hospitalism

n. in infants, lack of psychomotor response or failure to gain weight or produce purposeful behavior, often thought to be a response to separation from mothers and subsequent institutionalization. See also reactive attachment disorder.