pregenital phase


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pregenital phase

[prē¦jen·əd·əl ′fāz]
(psychology)
In psychoanalytic theory, the period of early childhood that incorporates both the oral and anal phases, that is, before the genitals have begun to exert a predominant influence in the organization or patterning of sexual behavior.
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