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or·al phase

in psychoanalytic personality theory, the earliest stage in psychosexual development, lasting through the first 18 months of life, during which the oral zone is the center of the infant's needs, expression, gratification, and pleasurable erotic experiences; has a strong influence on the organization and development of the child's psyche.
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or·al phase

(ōr'ăl fāz)
In psychoanalytic personality theory, the earliest stage in psychosexual development, lasting through the first 18 months of life, during which the oral zone is the center of the infant's needs, expression, gratification, and pleasurable erotic experiences; has a strong influence on the organization and development of the child's psyche.
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In this case series, dysphagia appears to have resulted from cortical and extrapyramidal neurologic damage that led to disorganization of voluntary swallowing activity, including oral phase dysfunction with alterations in food capitation and labial closure, loss of food from the mouth, wrong positioning of the bolus, and bolus ejection.
In the infants in this series, the transfer of swallowing from a reflex activity to a complex voluntary sensorimotor process led to abnormal oral phase movements that disrupted normal swallowing after 3 months of age.
During oral phase B, the median progression-free survival was 17.1 months for patients on thalidomide, compared with 6.6 months for patients on placebo.
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In proposing a legal basis to rule out this information and notification requirement, the draft amendment to the rules of procedure wants to avoid the Court being faced with the alternative of having to forgo the verification required to judge a case or having to override the confidential nature of the document and reveal it to the parties involved in the litigation.The plan would also involve giving the Court the possibility to adopt practical instructions to the parties to improve upon the written and oral phases of the legal procedure, to update the references to the European Union Treaty, to renumber the Amsterdam Treaty and to adjust the number of Court Members as a result of Austria, Finland and Sweden joining the EU.