The dependence - Psychological or physical reliance on persons or drugs. An infant is dependent on its parents, but, as he or she grows, this dependence normally wanes. Some adults never become fully independent (see dependent personality).

Alcohol and drugs may induce physical or emotional dependence in users; a person who has a dependency may develop physical symptoms, such as sweating or abdominal pains, or become distressed if deprived of the drug. (See also alcohol dependence; drug dependence.)


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