of, pertaining to, involving, or near the anus.
of or pertaining to the second stage of psychosexual development, during which gratification is derived from the retention or expulsion of feces.
of or pertaining to an anal character.
of or pertaining to gratification derived from stimulation of the anus.

1760–70; an(us) + -al1

anally, adverb
postanal, adjective
preanal, adjective
subanal, adjective

anal, annual, annul. Unabridged
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anal (ˈeɪnəl)
1.  of, relating to, or near the anus
2.  psychoanal
 a.  relating to a stage of psychosexual development during which the child's interest is concentrated on the anal region and excremental functions
 b.  genital oral Compare phallic designating personality traits in the adult, such as orderliness, meanness, stubbornness, etc, due to fixation at the anal stage of development
[C18: from New Latin ānālis; see anus]

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Word Origin & History

1769, from Mod.L. analis "of the anus" (see anus). Anal retentive first attested 1958, in psychological jargon.
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anal a·nal (ā'nəl)

  1. Of, relating to, or near the anus.

  2. Of or relating to the second stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory, during which gratification is derived from sensations associated with the anus.

  3. Relating to or being personality traits that originated during toilet training and are distinguished as anal-expulsive or anal-retentive.

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anus   (ā'nəs)  Pronunciation Key 
The opening at the lower end of the digestive tract through which solid waste is excreted.

anal adjective
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