oral phase n.
In psychoanalytic theory, the first stage in psychosexual development, usually occurring in the first year, when the mouth is the focus of the infant’s needs, expression, gratification, and pleasurable erotic experiences.
- Oral poliovirus vaccine
oral poliovirus vaccine n. Abbr. OPV See poliovirus vaccine.
- Oral rehydration therapy
oral rehydration therapy n. Treatment for diarrhea-related dehydration in which an electrolyte solution containing fluids and vital ions is administered.
- Oral stage
According to psychoanalysis, the first social and sexual stage of an infant’s development, during which the infant focuses on satisfying hunger. Psychoanalysts believe that during this stage, the mouth is the focus of the libido; eating, sexual, and aggressive drives are satisfied by chewing, suckling, and biting. (See also anal stage, genital stage, and pleasure […]
noun 1. the branch of dentistry or of surgery dealing with the surgical treatment or repair of various conditions of the mouth or jaws. 2. surgical treatment of any problematic or pathological condition of the mouth or jaws. oral surgery n. The branch of dentistry concerned with the surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries, […]