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Medical Term:

oedipal phase


in psychoanalysis, a stage in the psychosexual development of the child, characterized by erotic attachment to the parent of the opposite sex, repressed because of fear of the parent of the same sex; usually occurring in children 3–6 years old.

Synonym(s): oedipal period

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