Adjective "anal" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to or situated near the anus.
  1. 'No cutaneous, ocular, anal, rectal, nasal, or oral mucosal lesions were demonstrated on thorough physical examination.'
  2. 'The external anal sphincter is composed of skeletal muscle.'
  3. 'The cushions are suspended in the canal by a connective tissue framework derived from the internal anal sphincter and longitudinal muscle.'
  4. 'They work by relaxing the muscle of the internal anal sphincter.'
  5. 'Other infected sites may include the pharynx, anal canal and urethra.'
  6. 'Sitting or squatting straightens the angle between the rectum and the short anal canal.'
  7. 'Rectal examination is essential if the medical history suggests a disorder in the lower abdomen, pelvis, lower rectal or anal region.'
  8. 'Hair is found on all parts of the skin except the palm and sole, and the oral, anal, and urogenital orifices.'
  9. 'The anal stage (which Freud says has a lot to do with toilet training) is associated with expelling things, with learning boundaries between inside and outside, and with aggression and anger.'
  10. 'The goal of the present project is to empirically establish behavioral correlates of what is referred to in the analytic literature as the ‘anal stage’ of libidinal or psychosexual development.'
  11. 'he's anal about things like that'
  12. 'I know he is anal about his research from past years, so it would be a good place to start.'
  13. 'I am neither strong nor anal about the ‘group system’ which, incidentally, and frankly, I think is quite a mess.'
  14. 'I'm so anal about timekeeping that I almost experience physical pleasure when I get it spot on, which is 99% of the time.'
  15. 'Plus, I didn't know you had to be anal to conjugate a verb.'
  16. 'Being anal about it is a disturbing and somewhat disgusting image.'
  17. 'He's being anal about ‘Chinese Democracy’.'
  18. 'A friend of mine has a theory that everyone is either an anal, obsessive Bert or a laid-back Ernie.'
  19. 'Because these egotists possess a certain anal personality, they summarily reject people who are often valuable assets to any company.'
  20. 'Freud himself, as one might expect from the character sketch given in the first chapter of this book, concentrated upon anal traits.'
  21. 'There can only be one anal person in the group, and the word ‘anal’ doesn't exist in AJ's vocabulary.'


1. of, pertaining to, involving, or near the anus.

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

More examples(as adjective)

"sphincters can be anal."

"intercourses can be anal."

"cancers can be anal."

"fins can be anal."

"sexes can be anal."

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Mid 18th century: from modern Latin analis, from Latin anus (see anus).