separation anxiety

noun

Definition of separation anxiety

  1. :  a form of anxiety experienced by a young child and caused by separation from a significant nurturant figure and typically a parent or from familiar surroundings

1943

First Known Use of separation anxiety

1943


SEPARATION ANXIETY Defined for English Language Learners

separation anxiety

noun

Definition of separation anxiety for English Language Learners

  • : a feeling of strong fear and anxiety that is experienced by a young child when the child is separated from a parent


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separation anxiety

noun

Medical Definition of separation anxiety

  1. :  a form of anxiety that is caused by separation from a significant nurturant figure and typically a parent or from familiar surroundings and that has an onset during childhood or sometimes adolescence


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