con·den·sa·tion (kŏn′dĕn-sāshən, -dən-)
1. The act of condensing.
2. The state of being condensed.
3. An abridgment or shortening of something, especially of a written work or speech.
a. The process by which a gas or vapor changes to a liquid.
b. The liquid so formed.
5. Chemistry A chemical reaction in which water or another simple substance is released by the combination of two or more molecules.
6. Psychology In psychoanalytic theory, the process by which a single symbol or word is associated with the emotional content of several, not necessarily related, ideas, feelings, memories, or impulses, especially as expressed in dreams.
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