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primal scene

noun, Psychoanalysis
a child's first real or imagined observation of parental sexual intercourse.
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1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The preacher sketched lightly the primal scene to which his text related.

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primal scene in Medicine

primal scene n.
In psychoanalysis, the actual or imagined observation by a child of sexual intercourse, particularly between the parents.

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