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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.

The term "abnormality" refers to behavior, thoughts, or emotions that deviate significantly from what is considered typical or within the range of expected human experiences. Abnormal psychology is the branch of psychology dedicated to the study, assessment, and treatment of psychological disorders and conditions that are characterized by abnormal thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. Understanding abnormality is crucial for identifying, diagnosing, and effectively treating individuals who may be experiencing distress or dysfunction due to mental health issues.

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.