denial

denial is a topic covered in the Taber's Medical Dictionary.

To view the entire topic, please or .

Nursing Central is an award-winning, complete mobile solution for nurses and students. Look up information on diseases, tests, and procedures; then consult the database with 5,000+ drugs or refer to 65,000+ dictionary terms. Explore these free sample topics:

-- The first section of this topic is shown below --

(dĕ-nī′ăl )


1. A defense mechanism in which one refuses to admit the reality of or to acknowledge the presence or existence of something; keeping anxiety-producing realities away from conscious awareness.
SEE: insight (1) SEE: Kübler-Ross, Elisabeth
2. In medical care reimbursement, the decision by the patient's insurer that part or all of the medical care administered was not justified. The result of the denial is that the insurer refuses to pay for all or a portion of the medical costs incurred.

-- To view the remaining sections of this topic, please or --

(dĕ-nī′ăl )


1. A defense mechanism in which one refuses to admit the reality of or to acknowledge the presence or existence of something; keeping anxiety-producing realities away from conscious awareness.
SEE: insight (1) SEE: Kübler-Ross, Elisabeth
2. In medical care reimbursement, the decision by the patient's insurer that part or all of the medical care administered was not justified. The result of the denial is that the insurer refuses to pay for all or a portion of the medical costs incurred.

There's more to see -- the rest of this entry is available only to subscribers.