anaclisis

[ an-uh-klahy-sis ]
/ ˌæn əˈklaɪ sɪs /

noun Psychoanalysis.

the choice of an object of libidinal attachment on the basis of a resemblance to early childhood protective and parental figures.

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Origin of anaclisis

<Greek anáklisis a reclining, equivalent to anakli-, variant stem of anaklī́nein to lean (something) upon (ana-ana- + klī́nein to lean) + -sis-sis
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Medical definitions for anaclisis

anaclisis
[ ăn′ə-klīsĭs, ə-năklĭ- ]

n.

Psychological dependence on others.
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