oedipal phase

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oe·di·pal phase

in psychoanalysis, a stage in the psychosexual development of the child, characterized by erotic attachment to the parent of the opposite sex, repressed because of fear of the parent of the same sex; usually occurring in children 3-6 years old.
Synonym(s): oedipal period

oedipal phase

Psychiatry A psychoanalytical stage that occurs between ages 4 and 6, which partially overlaps components of the phallic stage and represents a time of inevitable conflict between a child and parents

oed·i·pal phase

(ed'i-păl fāz)
psychoanalysis A stage in the psychosexual development of the child, characterized by erotic attachment to the parent of the opposite sex, repressed because of fear of the parent of the same sex; usually seen in children aged 3-6 years.