- A strong feeling, aroused mental state, or intense state of drive or unrest, which may be directed toward a definite object and is evidenced in both behavior and in psychologic changes, with accompanying autonomic nervous system manifestations. [L. e-moveo, pp. -motus, to move out, agitate]
* * *emo·tion i-'mō-shən n1) the affective aspect of consciousness2) a state of feeling3) a conscious mental reaction (as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usu. directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body compare AFFECTemo·tion·al -shnəl, -shən-əl adjemo·tion·al·ly -'mō-shnə-lē, -shən-əl-ē adv
* * *n.a state of arousal that can be experienced as pleasant or unpleasant. Emotions can have three components: subjective, physiological, and behavioural. For example, fear can involve an unpleasant subjective experience, an increase in physiological measures such as heart rate, sweating, etc., and a tendency to flee from the fear-provoking situation.
* * *emo·tion (e-moґshən) [L. emovere to disturb] a strong feeling state, such as excitement, distress, happiness, sadness, love, hate, fear, or anger, arising subjectively and directed toward a specific object, with physiological, somatic, and behavioral components. In psychoanalytic theory, it is a state of tension associated with an instinctual drive. The external manifestation of emotion is called affect; a pervasive and sustained emotional state is called a mood. emotional adj
Medical dictionary. 2011.