clitoris

noun
cli·​to·​ris | \ ˈkli-tə-rəs How to pronounce clitoris (audio) , kli-ˈtȯr-əs How to pronounce clitoris (audio) \
plural clitorises also clitorides\ kli-​ˈtȯr-​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce clitorides (audio) \

Definition of clitoris

: a female erogenous organ that consists of an externally visible, highly innervated small conical structure or glans that lies at the anterior junction of the labia minora above the urethral opening and is continuous internally with a short body of paired cylinders of vascular, erectile tissue which branch into curved extensions or crura attaching to the undersurface of the pubic bones and with two elongated masses of erectile tissue situated near each side of the vaginal and urethral openings

Note: The clitoris develops from the same embryonic mass of tissue as the penis.

Other Words from clitoris

clitoral \ ˈkli-​tə-​rəl How to pronounce clitoral (audio) \ or less commonly clitoric \ kli-​ˈtȯr-​ik How to pronounce clitoric (audio) , -​ˈtär-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of clitoris

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clitoris

New Latin, from Greek kleitoris

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“Clitoris.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clitoris. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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clitoris

noun
How to pronounce clitoris (audio) How to pronounce clitoris (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of clitoris

: a female sexual organ that is small, sensitive, and located on the outside of the body in front of the opening of the vagina

clitoris

noun
cli·​to·​ris | \ ˈklit-ə-rəs How to pronounce clitoris (audio) , kli-ˈtȯr-əs How to pronounce clitoris (audio) \
plural clitorises also clitorides\ kli-​ˈtȯr-​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce clitorides (audio) \

Medical Definition of clitoris

: a female erogenous organ that consists of an externally visible, highly innervated small conical structure or glans that lies at the anterior junction of the labia minora above the urethral opening and is continuous internally with a short body of paired cylinders of vascular, erectile corpus cavernosum tissue which branch into curved extensions or crura attaching to the pubic arch and with two elongated masses of erectile tissue (the bulb of the vestibule) situated near each side of the vaginal and urethral openings

Note: The clitoris develops from the same embryonic mass of tissue as the penis.

Other Words from clitoris

clitoral \ ˈklit-​ə-​rəl How to pronounce clitoral (audio) \ also clitoric \ kli-​ˈtȯr-​ik, -​ˈtär-​ How to pronounce clitoric (audio) \ adjective

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