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of, pertaining to, involving, or near the anus.

of or relating to the second stage of psychosexual development, during which gratification is derived from the retention or expulsion of feces.
of or relating to an .
of or relating to gratification derived from stimulation of the .

of, relating to, or near the anus

relating to a stage of psychosexual development during which the child’s interest is concentrated on the anal region and excremental functions
designating personality traits in the adult, such as orderliness, meanness, stubbornness, etc, due to fixation at the anal stage of development Compare genital (sense 2), oral (sense 7), phallic (sense 2)


1769, from Modern Latin analis “of the anus;” see anus. Anal-retentive first attested 1957, in psychological jargon. Anal sex attested as such from 1966.

anal a·nal (ā’nəl)

Of, relating to, or near the anus.

Of or relating to the second stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory, during which gratification is derived from sensations associated with the anus.

Relating to or being personality traits that originated during toilet training and are distinguished as anal-expulsive or anal-retentive.


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