n 1 a : a force exerted when one body or body part presses on, pulls on, pushes against, or tends to compress or twist another body or body part : esp : the intensity of this mutual force commonly expressed in pounds per square inch b : the deformation caused in a body by such a force 2 a : a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation b : a state of bodily or mental tension resulting from factors that tend to alter an existent equilibrium 3 : the force exerted between teeth of the upper and lower jaws during mastication
vt : to subject to stress <a patient ed by surgery> .
Similar sounding terms: cit·rus
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