co·​i·​tion | \ kō-ˈi-shən How to pronounce coition (audio) \

Definition of coition

: coitus

Other Words from coition

coitional \ kō-​ˈish-​nəl How to pronounce coition (audio) , -​ˈi-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of coition in a Sentence

studied the frequency of coition in animals that mate for life
Recent Examples on the Web Put another way, the three latest Brood X generation map perfectly to milestones in my life cycle: birth, coition, procreation. Ross Kenneth Urken, Scientific American, 14 June 2021 But the course of the hunt itself is unnameable and uncontrollable, like coition. Roberto Calasso, Harper's Magazine, 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of coition

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coition

borrowed from Late Latin coitiōn-, coitiō, going back to Latin, "encounter, conspiracy," from coi-, variant stem of coīre "to come together, meet, have sexual intercourse" (from co- co- + īre "to go") + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at issue entry 1

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“Coition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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co·​ition | \ kō-ˈish-ən How to pronounce coition (audio) \

Medical Definition of coition

: coitus

Other Words from coition

coitional \ -​ˈish-​nəl, -​ən-​ᵊl How to pronounce coition (audio) \ adjective


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