anal /ˈeɪn(ə)l/

a

I. adjective

1. relating to or situated near the anus.

the anal sphincter.
2.
[Psychoanalysis] (in Freudian theory) relating to or denoting a stage of infantile psychosexual development in which defecation is the major source of sensuous pleasure and the anus forms the centre of self-awareness.
3.
‹informal› anal-retentive

he’s anal about things like that.
II. derivatives

anally
adverb


– origin mid 18th cent.: from modern Latin analis, from Latin anus (see anus).

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