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[ed-uh-puh l, ee-duh-] /ˈɛd ə pəl, ˈi də-/
adjective, (often initial capital letter)
of, characterized by, or resulting from the Oedipus complex.
Origin of oedipal
First recorded in 1935-40; Oedip(us complex) + -al1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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1939, "of or pertaining to desire felt for opposite-sex parent," from Oedipus complex (1910), coined by Freud from Sophocles' play "Oedipus Tyrannus," in which the title character, the Theban hero, answers the Sphinx's riddle and unknowingly kills his father and marries his own mother; from Greek Oedipus. The name was used figuratively in English from 1550s for "one who is clever at guessing riddles," which had adjectival form Oedipean (1620s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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oedipal in Medicine

oedipal oed·i·pal or Oed·i·pal (ěd'ə-pəl, ē'də-)
Of or characteristic of the Oedipus complex.

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