[ eyn-l ]
/ ˈeɪn l /


of, pertaining to, involving, or near the anus.
  1. of or relating to the second stage of psychosexual development, during which gratification is derived from the retention or expulsion of feces.
  2. of or relating to an anal character.
  3. of or relating to gratification derived from stimulation of the anus.

Origin of anal

First recorded in 1760–70; an(us) + -al1

Related forms

a·nal·ly, adverbpost·a·nal, adjectivepre·a·nal, adjectivesub·a·nal, adjective

Can be confused

anal annual annul

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British Dictionary definitions for anal


/ (ˈeɪnəl) /


of, relating to, or near the anus
  1. relating to a stage of psychosexual development during which the child's interest is concentrated on the anal region and excremental functions
  2. designating personality traits in the adult, such as orderliness, meanness, stubbornness, etc, due to fixation at the anal stage of developmentCompare genital (def. 2), oral (def. 7), phallic (def. 2)

Derived Forms

anally, adverb

Word Origin for anal

C18: from New Latin ānālis; see anus
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Medicine definitions for anal


[ ānəl ]


Of, relating to, or near the anus.
Of or relating to the second stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory, during which gratification is derived from sensations associated with the anus.
Relating to or being personality traits that originated during toilet training and are distinguished as anal-expulsive or anal-retentive.
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Science definitions for anal


[ ānəs ]

The opening at the lower end of the digestive tract through which solid waste is excreted.

Related forms

anal adjective
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