[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. anacidity,
  2. anaclasis,
  3. anaclastic,
  4. anacletus,
  5. anaclinal,
  6. anaclitic,
  7. anaclitic depression,
  8. anacoenosis,
  9. anacoluthia,
  10. anacoluthon

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for anaclisis


[ ăn′ə-klīsĭs, ə-năklĭ- ]


Psychological dependence on others.

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