anal phase


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anal phase

[′ān·əl ‚fāz]
(psychology)
In psychoanalytic theory, the period of pregenital psychosexual development, usually from 1 to 3 years of age, in which the child has particular interest in the process of defecation and the sensations connected with the anus.
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