Meaning of anal in English:


Pronunciation /ˈeɪn(ə)l/

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  • 1Relating to or situated near the anus.

    ‘the anal sphincter’
    • ‘No cutaneous, ocular, anal, rectal, nasal, or oral mucosal lesions were demonstrated on thorough physical examination.’
    • ‘It is girdled by the external anal sphincter, a striated muscle structure that is part of the pelvic floor musculature.’
    • ‘The diagnosis is made by examining the anus and anal canal, and it is important to exclude more serious causes of bleeding, such as colorectal cancer.’
    • ‘The cushions are suspended in the canal by a connective tissue framework derived from the internal anal sphincter and longitudinal muscle.’
    • ‘The bimanual examination should also include a rectal examination to check anal sphincter tone and, for fecal impaction, the presence of occult blood or rectal lesions.’
    • ‘Hair is found on all parts of the skin except the palm and sole, and the oral, anal, and urogenital orifices.’
    • ‘If you have experienced bleeding from the anus, your GP will examine the anal canal and lower rectum using a small tube.’
    • ‘Other infected sites may include the pharynx, anal canal and urethra.’
    • ‘Rectal examination is essential if the medical history suggests a disorder in the lower abdomen, pelvis, lower rectal or anal region.’
    • ‘At such a time, continence is maintained by the voluntary contraction of the striated muscle of the external anal sphincter.’
    • ‘Some cases of piles respond to stretching the anus, under anaesthetic, which is thought to relieve the spasm of the anal sphincter and so reduce pressure in the anus.’
    • ‘The external anal sphincter is composed of skeletal muscle.’
    • ‘Continence depends on functioning muscles and nerves in and around the rectum and anal canal.’
    • ‘They work by relaxing the muscle of the internal anal sphincter.’
    • ‘Sitting or squatting straightens the angle between the rectum and the short anal canal.’
    1. 1.1Psychoanalysis (in Freudian theory) relating to or denoting a stage of infantile psychosexual development in which defecation is the major source of sensuous pleasure and the anus forms the centre of self-awareness.
      ‘It could be demonstrated that creative thinking in science is closely connected with a specific reparation mechanism common in the anal stage of development.’
      • ‘Or we can think of the anal stage of development as an attempt to control biological urges with the new surging power of symbolic meaning and mastery.’
      • ‘On the psychic level, as I have tried to demonstrate by analyzing the central joke as if it were a highly condensed, overdetermined dream image, it involves a regression to the anal stage.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 informal Anal-retentive.
      • ‘he's anal about things like that’
      • ‘As with other aspects of my life, I'm capable of being rather anal about pleasure: I will go here, I will do such-and such, with so-and-so, and I will enjoy myself.’
      • ‘We all know about wishful thinking, about denial and defence mechanisms, repression, narcissism, Freudian slips and the anal personality.’
      • ‘A friend of mine has a theory that everyone is either an anal, obsessive Bert or a laid-back Ernie.’
      • ‘I'm so anal about timekeeping that I almost experience physical pleasure when I get it spot on, which is 99% of the time.’
      • ‘The anal paranoia that struck many parents and school administrators has diminished, and schools remain lax about security.’
      • ‘Freud himself, as one might expect from the character sketch given in the first chapter of this book, concentrated upon anal traits.’
      • ‘Because these egotists possess a certain anal personality, they summarily reject people who are often valuable assets to any company.’
      • ‘Have other people described you as being anal?’
      • ‘I'm so anal, I am not satisfied that one person said ‘That's not what anal means’ I have to take the next step and explain it.’
      • ‘I am neither strong nor anal about the ‘group system’ which, incidentally, and frankly, I think is quite a mess.’
      • ‘There can only be one anal person in the group, and the word ‘anal’ doesn't exist in AJ's vocabulary.’
      • ‘Why am I so anal about writing HTML and not using tabs or spaces in my code?’
      • ‘I know he is anal about his research from past years, so it would be a good place to start.’
      • ‘Being anal about it is a disturbing and somewhat disgusting image.’
      • ‘Plus, I didn't know you had to be anal to conjugate a verb.’
      • ‘I'm a mixture of untidy and anal.’
      • ‘Companies are anal about their files, but they should be anal about search.’


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