- a child's fear of injury to the genitals by the parent of the same gender as punishment for unconcious guilt over oedipal feelings;
- fantasized loss of the penis by a female or fear of its actual loss by a male;
- unconscious fear of injury from those in authority.
Synonym(s): castration anxiety
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