oral phase


In psychoanalytic theory, the first stage in psychosexual development, from birth to about 18 months, when the mouth is the focus of the infant's needs, expression, gratification, and pleasurable erotic experiences.

Nearby words

  1. oral interpretation,
  2. oral lactose tolerance test,
  3. oral law,
  4. oral pathology,
  5. oral personality,
  6. oral poliovirus vaccine,
  7. oral rehydration therapy,
  8. oral sex,
  9. oral society,
  10. oral stage

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