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Glossary: ritual, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

ritual

(RIH-chuh-wul)

An action or series of actions that is repeated, often in a religious or social setting. In medicine, it may describe a repeated action (such as hand washing) done to relieve feelings of fear, dread, and uneasiness in people who have an obsessive-compulsive disorder.

2007-06-21

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