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Topic: PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHIATRY

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Modern Latin
Origin: Greek, from analyein 'to break up'

analysis

noun
     
a‧nal‧y‧sis S3 W1 plural analyses
1 [uncountable and countable]
a) a careful examination of something in order to understand it better
analysis of
a detailed analysis of the week's news
Further analysis of the data is needed.
b) the way in which someone describes a situation or problem, and says what causes it to happen
analysis of
Do you agree with Marx's analysis of the failure of free-market capitalism?
2 [uncountable and countable]
a careful examination of a substance to see what it is made of
analysis of
analysis of genetic material
for analysis
Blood samples were sent for analysis.
You'll get the results when the analysis is complete.
3 [uncountable]MP a process in which a doctor makes someone talk about their past experiences, relationships etc in order to help them with mental or emotional problems [= psychoanalysis; ↪ therapy]:
She's been in analysis for three years.
4

in the final/last analysis

used when giving the most basic or important facts about a situation:
In the final analysis, profit is the motive.
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