anal personality [(ayn-l)]
A popular term for “anal retentive personality,” a personality marked by excessive orderliness, extreme meticulousness, and often suspicion and reserve. According to psychoanalysis, an anal personality is formed in early childhood as a result of efforts to control bowel movements. (See anal stage, genital stage, and oral stage; compare oral personality.)
- Anal phase
Psychoanalysis. the second stage of psychosexual development during which the child, usually at two years of age, becomes preoccupied with defecation. 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 […]
- Anal pit
anal pit anal pit n. See proctodeum.
- Anal plate
anal plate anal plate n. The anal portion of the cloacal plate. Historical Examples anal plate: in caterpillars, the shield-like covering of the dorsum of the last segment: in the embryonic larva the 11th tergite. Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology John. B. Smith
- Anal reflex
anal reflex anal reflex n. Contraction of the anal sphincter around a finger passed into the rectum.