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noun Psychoanalysis.
an unconscious fear of losing the genital organs, especially as punishment for oedipal feelings.
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First recorded in 1910–15

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castration complex

noun
psychoanal an unconscious fear of having one's genitals removed, as a punishment for wishing to have sex with a parent
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Medical definitions for castration complex

castration complex

n.
In psychoanalytic theory, a child's fear of injury to the genitals by the parent of the same sex as punishment for unconscious guilt over oedipal feelings.
An unconscious fear of injury from those in authority.
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