hypnotist, n.hypnotistic, adj.
/hip"neuh tiz'euhm/, n.
1. the science dealing with the induction of hypnosis.
2. the act of hypnotizing.
3. hypnosis.
[shortening of neuro-hypnotism, term introduced by British surgeon James Braid (1795-1860) in 1842; see HYPNOTIC, -ISM]

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