Skip to Content


Pronunciation: an′ă-klit′ik

Definition: Leaning or depending upon; in psychoanalysis, relating to the dependence of the infant on the mother or mother substitute.

See: anaclitic depression

[G. ana, toward, + klinō, to lean]

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

© Copyright 2018 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review date: Sep 19, 2016.