In`hi*bi"tion (?), n. [L. inhibitio: cf. F. inhibition.]


The act of inhibiting, or the state of being inhibited; restraint; prohibition; embargo.

2. Physiol.

A stopping or checking of an already present action; a restraining of the function of an organ, or an agent, as a digestive fluid or ferment, etc.; as, the inhibition of the respiratory center by the pneumogastric nerve; the inhibition of reflexes, etc.

3. Law

A writ from a higher court forbidding an inferior judge from further proceedings in a cause before; esp., a writ issuing from a higher ecclesiastical court to an inferior one, on appeal.



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