Definition of anal in English:

anal

Syllabification: a·nal
Pronunciation: /ˈānl
 
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adjective

  • 1Involving, relating to, or situated near the anus.
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    • No cutaneous, ocular, anal, rectal, nasal, or oral mucosal lesions were demonstrated on thorough physical examination.
    • It is girdled by the external anal sphincter, a striated muscle structure that is part of the pelvic floor musculature.
    • The diagnosis is made by examining the anus and anal canal, and it is important to exclude more serious causes of bleeding, such as colorectal cancer.
  • 1.1(In Freudian psychoanalysis) relating to or denoting a stage of infantile psychosexual development supposedly preoccupied with the anus and defecation.
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    • It could be demonstrated that creative thinking in science is closely connected with a specific reparation mechanism common in the anal stage of development.
    • Or we can think of the anal stage of development as an attempt to control biological urges with the new surging power of symbolic meaning and mastery.
    • On the psychic level, as I have tried to demonstrate by analyzing the central joke as if it were a highly condensed, overdetermined dream image, it involves a regression to the anal stage.
  • 1.2 informal Anal-retentive: he’s anal about things like that
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    • As with other aspects of my life, I'm capable of being rather anal about pleasure: I will go here, I will do such-and such, with so-and-so, and I will enjoy myself.
    • We all know about wishful thinking, about denial and defence mechanisms, repression, narcissism, Freudian slips and the anal personality.
    • I am simply not anal or autistic enough to beat the people who really love this game.

Derivatives

anally

adverb
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  • The band's preferred method of crafting their uptemp tunes involves intense collaboration and consolidation of the best parts, chosen in almost anally democratic rounds of ayes and nays.
  • I'm sure that this is closely related to my anally retentive attitude towards employing proper grammar and complete English words, without ever resorting to the dreaded ‘text speak’.
  • I've always been this sort of person who thinks ahead, anally breaking the years up into three or four year segments and thinking about what each segment would contain, I would compartmentalise my life into challenges.

Origin

mid 18th century: from modern Latin analis, from Latin anus (see anus).

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