Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Depression

1. area lower than the surrounding surface (e.g. Fayum depression, Pacchonian depression); cf. elevation.

2. low level of activity.

3. for population genetics, see inbreeding depression.

4. with reference to joint movements, the displacement of a part downward or inward, such as drooping the shoulders.

5. dejection and withdrawal; for unipolar depression, see major affective disorder.

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