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anal

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adjective \ˈān-əl\

Medical Definition of anal

  1. 1:  of, relating to, or situated near the anus <the anal opening> <anal fissures>

  2. 2a:  of, relating to, or characterized by the stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory that follows the oral stage and during which a child derives libidinal gratification from the expulsion and retention of the feces and conflict arises from parental demands regarding toilet training <During the anal stage, from about 18 months to 3 years, the sphincter muscles become sensitive and controllable and bowel and bladder retention and elimination become a source of gratification.—David G. Myers, Psychology, 2001>b:  of, relating to, or characterized by personality traits (as orderliness, frugality, and obstinacy) considered typical of fixation at the anal stage of development :  anal-retentive—often used in nontechnical contexts to describe someone as extremely or excessively neat, careful, or precise; compare genital 3, oral 3, phallic 2

anally \-əl-ē\play adverb



anal

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Medical Definition of anal

  1. 1analysis

  2. 2analytic

  3. 3analyze




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