pregenital

adjective pre·gen·i·tal \ ˌprē-ˈje-nə-tᵊl \
variants: or less commonly pre-genital

Definition of pregenital

1 : of, relating to, or being any of the stages of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory which occur before the genital stage
  • pregenital impulses
  • pregenital fixations
2 of a segmented invertebrate : of, relating to, or situated in the abdominal region anterior to the segment containing the sexual organs
  • the pregenital segments of a grasshopper
  • a crustacean's pregenital limbs

First Known Use of pregenital

1869

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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pregenital

adjective pre·gen·i·tal \ -ˈjen-ə-tᵊl \

medical Definition of pregenital

: of, relating to, or characteristic of the oral, anal, and phallic phases of psychosexual development

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