January 2005
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p1930
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A definition of the term "rumination" is presented. It refers to the chewing of food, which has been previously swallowed. This condition is not present in normal individuals, and is found in emotionally deprived or mentally retarded infants or adults. Infants with this disorder suffer from malnutrition and weight loss. In psychiatry, rumination refers to an obsessional preoccupation of a single thought.


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