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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


physical dependence  listen  (FIH-zih-kul dee-PEN-dents)

  A condition in which a person takes a drug over time, and unpleasant physical symptoms occur if the drug is suddenly stopped or taken in smaller doses.