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adjective Psychoanalysis.
  1. exhibiting or pertaining to anaclisis.
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Origin of anaclitic

1920–25; < Greek anáklit(os) for reclining (anakli- (see anaclisis) + -tos verbal adjective suffix) + -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for anaclitic


  1. psychoanal of or relating to relationships that are characterized by the strong dependence of one person on others or another
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Derived Formsanaclisis (ˌænəˈklaɪsɪs), noun

Word Origin for anaclitic

C20: from Greek anaklitos for leaning upon; see ana-, -cline
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anaclitic in Medicine


  1. Having a physical and emotional dependence on another person, especially relating to the dependence of an infant on a mother or surrogate mother.
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