Definition of reciprocal inhibition in English:

reciprocal inhibition


  • 1Physiology
    Inhibition of a physiological activity, especially the contraction of a muscle, by the action of an antagonist; compare reciprocal innervation .

  • 2Psychology Psychiatry
    A type of behaviour therapy used especially in the treatment of phobias and anxiety disorders, involving the evoking of physiological responses considered incompatible with anxiety, usually by muscular relaxation techniques, in combination with controlled exposure to anxiety-provoking stimuli.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Mind.