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castration complex



  1. a child's fear of injury to the genitals by the parent of the same gender as punishment for unconcious guilt over oedipal feelings;
  2. fantasized loss of the penis by a female or fear of its actual loss by a male;
  3. unconscious fear of injury from those in authority.

Synonym(s): castration anxiety

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