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phallic phase

noun, Psychoanalysis
1.
the time from about age three to five when the genitals become the focus of a child's sensual pleasure.
Also called phallic stage.
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phallic phase in Medicine

phallic phase n.
In psychoanalytic theory, the stage in psychosexual development, usually occurring between the ages of 3 and 7, when a child's interest and curiosity are centered around the genital organs and masturbation is the primary source of pleasurable experiences.

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