anal phase


noun

Psychoanalysis. the second stage of psychosexual development during which the child, usually at two years of age, becomes preoccupied with defecation.
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Medicine definitions for anal phase

anal phase


n.

In psychoanalytic theory, the stage of psychosexual development occurring early in life, usually around the second year, when a child's activities, interests, and concerns are centered around the expulsion and retention of feces.
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