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Ablutomania refers to a rarely used term for a morbid preoccupation with thoughts about cleanliness, exhibited by frequent washing, as seen in Obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Abnormal behavior can refer to or best described as a disturbance of an individual's behavioral psychological , or physical functioning that is not culturally expected and that leads to psychological distress, behavioral disability or impaired overall functioning.

The Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale refers to a rating scale that was designed to measure involuntary movements known as Tardive Dyskinesia , a disorder that sometimes develops as

Abnormal Psychology refers to the branch of psychology that deals with psychopathology its causes, and its treatments .

Abortion is the induced termination of a pregnancy before the fetus is capable of surviving outside the uterus or before fetal viability.

Above-average effect refers to a data pattern, commonly observed in individualist cultures , in which people rate themselves as being above average on many dimensions , for example, a better driver than the average, more likeable than the average, and so on.

Abscissa is the horizontal axis (see x-axis) of a graph, upon which the levels of an independent variable are often represented.

Absence seizures that which occur when the normally asynchronous waking state is abruptly interrupted by low-wave synchronous activity characterized by synchronous bilateral spike-and-wave discharge.

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