from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Psychological dependence on others.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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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