co·​i·​tus | \ˈkō-ə-təs, kō-ˈē-, ˈkȯi-təs \

Definition of coitus 

: physical union of male and female genitalia accompanied by rhythmic movements : sexual intercourse sense 1 — compare orgasm

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Other Words from coitus

coital \ˈkō-​ə-​tᵊl, kō-​ˈē-​, ˈkȯi-​tᵊl \ adjective
coitally \ˈkō-​ə-​tə-​lē, kō-​ˈē-​, ˈkȯi-​tə-​ \ adverb

Examples of coitus in a Sentence

the act of coitus is the natural method by which conception occurs

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The two seem to have a post-coitus glow, which means all of our Falice dreams have finally come true. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Hidden Clues from the New "Riverdale" Season 3 Trailer That You Probably Missed," 29 Aug. 2018 The death occurs in the wee hours of the post-coitus morning. Rebecca Farley,, "What Exactly Happened To Beatrice In The Rain?," 8 May 2018 As for Veronica and Archie: after the couple’s coitus montage at the beginning of the episode, Archie told Veronica those three big words. Laura Bradley, HWD, "Did Riverdale Really Just Break Up Betty and Jughead—and Archie and Veronica?," 6 Dec. 2017 Keep in mind, this overt ode to coitus arrived smack-dab in the middle of the AIDS epidemic. Lori Majewski, Billboard, "What George Michael's First 'Faith' Single Taught Me About 'Sex'," 26 Oct. 2017 Every July 19, for Brent’s birthday, Miko buys a progressively outrageous erotic cake that usually depicts the couple in some form of coitus. Jack Dickey,, "Grimes Against Humanity: How Brent and Miko navigate their world of social media and the NFL," 13 July 2017 A femme fatale will even break off an active mating session to turn around and wolf down her paramour, mid-coitus. Jason Bittel, Smithsonian, "Illuminating the Secret Language of Lightning Bugs," 4 July 2017 Making onscreen sex play like something we haven't seen a million times already is always risky (just ask Abdellatif Kechiche, the maestro behind the spank-heavy bouts of coitus in 2013 Palme d'Or winner Blue is the Warmest Color). Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter, "'L'Amant double': Film Review | Cannes 2017," 25 May 2017 Love history boasts two key fatalities: 1) the hot young Turk whose coitus was interrupted in the most permanent way; 2) the beloved first husband (and sorta cousin) who met his demise in a car crash. Louis Bayard, New York Times, "‘Downton Abbey’ and History: A Look Back DEC. 31, 2014," 3 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of coitus

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coitus

borrowed from Latin, "meeting, encounter, act of sexual intercourse," from coi-, variant stem of coīre "to come together, meet, have sexual intercourse" + -tus, suffix of verbal action — more at coition

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co·​itus | \ˈkō-ət-əs, kō-ˈēt- \

Medical Definition of coitus 

: physical union of male and female genitalia accompanied by rhythmic movements : sexual intercourse sense 1 — compare orgasm

Other Words from coitus

coital \-​ət-​ᵊl, -​ˈēt-​ \ adjective
coitally \-​ᵊl-​ē \ adverb

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