oral pathology n.
The branch of dentistry concerned with the diseases of oral and paraoral structures, including oral soft tissues and mucous membranes and the teeth, jaws, and salivary glands.
- Oral personality
According to the original theories of psychoanalysis, a personality fixed emotionally in the oral stage of development, whose sexual and aggressive drives are satisfied by putting things in his or her mouth. Depending on when the fixation occurs, oral personalities tend to be either optimistic, generous, and gregarious or aggressive, ambitious, and selfish. More recently, […]
- Oral phase
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.