American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Psychological dependence on others.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medicine, the particular attitude taken by a sick person in bed, which affords important indications in some cases; decubitus.
- n. (psychoanalysis) relationship marked by strong dependence on others; especially a libidinal attachment to e.g. a parental figure
- Greek anaklisis, a leaning back, from anaklīnein, to lean on : ana-, on-; see ana- + klīnein, to lean; see klei- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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