coitus

noun co·i·tus \ ˈkō-ə-təs , kō-ˈē- , ˈkȯi-təs \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of coitus

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

coital

play \ˈkō-ə-tᵊl, kō-ˈē-, ˈkȯi-tᵊl\ adjective

coitally

play \ˈkō-ə-tə-lē, kō-ˈē-, ˈkȯi-tə-\ adverb

Examples of coitus in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of 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


Medical Dictionary

coitus

noun co·itus \ ˈkō-ət-əs , kō-ˈēt- \

medical Definition of coitus

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

coital

play \-ət-ᵊl, -ˈēt-\ adjective

coitally

play \-ᵊl-ē\ adverb


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