anaclisis


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anaclisis

 [an″ah-kli´sis]
physical and emotional dependence on another for protection and gratification; used to refer to the normal dependence of an infant on its mother or to excessive leaning on others for emotional support by an older individual. adj., adj anaclit´ic.

anaclisis

/ana·cli·sis/ (an″ah-kli´sis) physical and emotional dependence on another for protection and gratification.

anaclisis

(ăn′ə-klī′sĭs, ə-năk′lĭ-)
n.
Psychological dependence on others.

an′a·clit′ic (-klĭt′ĭk) adj.

anaclisis

[an′əklī′sis]
Etymology: Gk, ana + klisis, leaning
1 a condition, normal in childhood but pathological in adulthood, in which a person is emotionally dependent on other people.
2 a condition in which a person consciously or unconsciously chooses a love object because of a resemblance to the mother, father, or another person who was an important source of comfort and protection in infancy. anaclitic, adj.