adjective \ˈā-nəl\

biology : of, relating to, or located near the anus

: extremely or overly neat, careful, or precise

Full Definition of ANAL

:  of, relating to, situated near, or involving the anus <an anal fin>
a :  of, relating to, characterized by, or being the stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory which follows the oral stage and during which the child is concerned especially with its feces
b :  of, relating to, characterized by, or being personality traits (as parsimony, meticulousness, and ill humor) considered typical of fixation at the anal stage of development <an anal disposition> <anal neatness>
anal·ly \-nəl-ē\ adverb

Examples of ANAL

  1. He can be pretty anal about keeping his office neat.

First Known Use of ANAL


Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral

Rhymes with ANAL



Definition of ANAL

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate


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