burnout


burnout
1. In dentistry, the elimination, by heat, of an invested pattern from a set investment in order to prepare the mold to receive casting metal. 2. A psychological state of physical and emotional exhaustion thought to be a stress reaction to a reduced ability to meet the demands of one's occupation; symptoms include fatigue, insomnia, impaired work performance, and an increased suscepibility to physical illness and substance abuse.

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burn·out 'bərn-.au̇t n
1 a) exhaustion of physical or emotional strength usu. as a result of prolonged stress or frustration
b) a person affected with burnout
2) a person showing the effects of drug abuse

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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