anal-retentive

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a·nal-re·ten·tive

(ā′nəl-rĭ-tĕn′tĭv)
adj.
Indicating personality traits, such as extreme fastidiousness, stinginess, and obstinacy, supposed by psychoanalytic theory to originate during the anal stage in habits, attitudes, or values associated with infantile pleasure in retention of feces.
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Translations

anal-retentive

adjanalfixiert
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Of 155 studies, 20% showed normal transit, 20% anal retention, and 60% pancolonic slowing.
Those with anal retention show radioactivity remaining in the rectum for 24-48 hours, whereas children with STC show radioactivity in the transverse or descending colons for 30-48 hours, at which point the rectum is still unreactive.
Freud's obsession with faecal matters (anal retention etc) was taken up by his British follower Ronald Laing in the 50s, most noticeably in the book Mary Barnes: two journeys through madness, 1971 which treated schizophrenia like an LSD trip, but still an illness.