adjective cor·po·re·al \kr-ˈpr-ē-əl\

: having or consisting of a physical body or form

Full Definition of CORPOREAL

:  having, consisting of, or relating to a physical material body: as
a :  not spiritual
b :  not immaterial or intangible :  substantial
archaic :  corporal
cor·po·re·al·ly \-ē-ə-lē\ adverb
cor·po·re·al·ness noun

Examples of CORPOREAL

  1. the corporeal nature of matter
  2. <corporeal cravings such as hunger and thirst>


Middle English, from Latin corporeus of the body, from corpor-, corpus
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of CORPOREAL

material, physical, corporeal, phenomenal, sensible, objective mean of or belonging to actuality. material implies formation out of tangible matter; used in contrast with spiritual or ideal it may connote the mundane, crass, or grasping <material values>. physical applies to what is perceived directly by the senses and may contrast with mental, spiritual, or imaginary <the physical benefits of exercise>. corporeal implies having the tangible qualities of a body such as shape, size, or resistance to force <artists have portrayed angels as corporeal beings>. phenomenal applies to what is known or perceived through the senses rather than by intuition or rational deduction <scientists concerned with the phenomenal world>. sensible stresses the capability of readily or forcibly impressing the senses <the earth's rotation is not sensible to us>. objective may stress material or independent existence apart from a subject perceiving it <no objective evidence of damage>.

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral
CORPOREAL Defined for Kids


adjective cor·po·re·al \kr-ˈpr-ē-əl\

Definition of CORPOREAL for Kids

:  having, consisting of, or relating to a physical body <Where was her body? … The corporeal Meg simply was not. — Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time>
Medical Dictionary


adjective cor·po·re·al \kr-ˈpōr-ē-əl, -ˈpr-\

Medical Definition of CORPOREAL

:  having, consisting of, or relating to a physical material body


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