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In early use often in reference to effect of deep sea pressures, or in phonetics. Figurative sense is by 1960.

n.

  1. A type of behavior therapy in which the patient is repeatedly subjected to anxiety-arousing stimuli while the therapist attempts to extinguish the patient’s anxiety and anxious behavior and replace them with more appropriate responses.
  2. A bursting inward rather than outward.

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