biting stage


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biting stage

n.
The second stage of the oral phase of psychosexual development, from approximately 8 to 18 months of age, during which a child may express hostility by biting, spitting, or chewing on objects.
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But be reassured - it's perfectly normal for young children to go through a biting stage, albeit unpleasant and painful.
A program note and more biting stage dynamics would have helped.
When these "identifying acts" fail to deter the intruder, the third step is escalation to the dangerous biting stage. All three stages of defense are present during same-sex Contests between adults of Plethodon angusticlavius.
"He's at the biting stage now where everything is 'what's this, who's that?' and I'd be worried if he wasn't like that at the moment," he said.