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anal

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adjective \ˈā-nəl\

Definition of anal

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, situated near, or involving the anus an anal fin

  2. 2 psychoanalytic theory a :  of, relating to, characterized by, or being the stage of psychosexual development which follows the oral stage (see 1oral 3) and during which the child is concerned especially with its fecesb :  of, relating to, characterized by, or being personality traits (such as parsimony, meticulousness, and ill humor) considered typical of fixation at the anal stage of development :  anal-retentive an anal disposition —often used in nontechnical contexts to describe someone as extremely or excessively neat, careful, or precise I have a mania for neatness in some matters that is almost anal. — Joseph Heller

anally

play \-nəl-ē\ adverb

Examples of anal in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of anal

see anus


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anal

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Definition of anal


ANAL Defined for English Language Learners

anal

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adjective

Definition of anal for English Language Learners

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

  • : extremely or overly neat, careful, or precise


ANAL Defined for Kids

anal

adjective \ˈā-nəl\

Definition of anal for Students

  1. :  relating to the anus


Medical Dictionary

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, 2001b:  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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