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anaclitic

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]

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