anal stage

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Noun1.anal stage - (psychoanalysis) the second sexual and social stage of a child's development during which bowel control is learnedanal stage - (psychoanalysis) the second sexual and social stage of a child's development during which bowel control is learned
depth psychology, psychoanalysis, analysis - a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"
childhood - the time of person's life when they are a child
phase, stage - any distinct time period in a sequence of events; "we are in a transitional stage in which many former ideas must be revised or rejected"