- the normal fear and apprehension expressed by infants when removed from their mothers or approached by strangers.
- any similar reaction in later life caused by separation from familiar surroundings or close friends or family.
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- psychoanal a state of distress felt at the prospect of being separated from a familiar or beloved person
- A child's apprehension or fear associated with his or her separation from a parent or other significant person.