primal scene

noun Psychoanalysis.

a child's first real or imagined observation of parental sexual intercourse.

Nearby words

  1. prima-facie evidence,
  2. primacy,
  3. primaeval,
  4. primage,
  5. primal,
  6. primal scream,
  7. primal therapy,
  8. primaquine,
  9. primaries,
  10. primarily

Origin of primal scene

First recorded in 1920–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for primal scene

primal scene


In psychoanalysis, the actual or imagined observation by a child of sexual intercourse, particularly between the parents.

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