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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.
Psychological dependence on others.
an′a·clit′ic (-klĭt′ĭk) adj.
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.