n. the fear of suffering an injury or loss of the genitals. In the pregenital stage of the Freudian psychoanalytic theory, feelings of deprivation and loss may be part of the experience for the infant boy. There persists a fear of losing the penis, the very idea of which makes a man feel weak and emasculated. See castration complex.

CASTRATION ANXIETY: "The imagined or fantasized fear of losing the penis drives a man to castration anxiety. "
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