anaclitic

adjective an·a·clit·ic \ˌa-nə-ˈkli-tik\

Definition of anaclitic

  1. :  of, relating to, or characterized by the direction of love toward an object (as the mother) that satisfies nonsexual needs (as hunger)

Origin and Etymology of anaclitic

Greek anaklitos, verbal of anaklinein to lean upon, from ana- + klinein to lean — more at lean


First Known Use: 1922


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adjective an·a·clit·ic \an-ə-ˈklit-ik\

Medical Definition of anaclitic

  1. :  of, relating to, or characterized by the direction of love toward an object (as the mother) that satisfies nonsexual needs (as hunger)


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