1. A strong pulling or drawing back; withdrawal. "Revulsions and pullbacks."

2. A sudden reaction; a sudden and complete change; applied to the feelings. "A sudden and violent revulsion of feeling, both in the Parliament and the country, followed." (Macaulay)

3. <medicine> The act of turning or diverting any disease from one part of the body to another. It resembles derivation, but is usually applied to a more active form of counter irritation.

Origin: F. Revulsion, L. Revulsio, fr. Revellere, revulsum, to pluck or pull away; pref. Re- re- + vellere to pull. Cf. Convulse.

(01 Mar 1998)