genital

adjective
gen·​i·​tal | \ ˈje-nə-tᵊl How to pronounce genital (audio) \

Definition of genital

2 : of, relating to, or being a sexual organ
3 : of, relating to, or characterized by the stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory following the latency (see latency sense 3) period and during which oral and anal impulses are subordinated to adaptive interpersonal mechanisms

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Other Words from genital

genitally \ ˈje-​nə-​tə-​lē How to pronounce genitally (audio) \ adverb

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Aerobic exercise is especially good at improving cardiovascular fitness, which stimulates blood flow throughout the body, including the genital area. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "More intense exercise linked to a better sex life, exploratory study says," 30 Aug. 2019 His doctor at Sylvester is a specialist in genital urological cancer. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Sylvester Center’s new designation comes with big benefits for cancer patients," 29 July 2019 The alleged incident took place in April when a cocktail waitress at a strip club said Jones slapped her in her genital area and put her in a chokehold, according to the summons. Amir Vera, CNN, "UFC fighter Jon Jones was charged with battery from an incident in April, but he didn't know until July," 23 July 2019 Study: 'Flesh-eating' genital infection linked to certain diabetes drugs, study finds The donor stool was not tested for the drug-resistant bacteria prior to the procedure, the FDA noted. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "FDA issues warning after patient dies from fecal transplant containing drug-resistant bacteria," 13 June 2019 For the most part, though, certain genital morphologies are associated with males, others with females. Quanta Magazine, "Why Evolution Reversed These Insects’ Sex Organs," 30 Jan. 2019 Johnson & Johnson and other talcum powder companies face thousands of separate but related cases that draw a connection between genital talc use and ovarian cancer. Jen Christensen, CNN, "New Jersey couple awarded $37 million in talcum powder case," 6 Apr. 2018 So, men that have had it in their genital area and any of their limbs have been kind of suffering in silence and kind of feeling like a reject in a sense. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "The Bachelorette’s Cam On Lymphedema, The ‘Pity Rose,’ And His Catchphrase," 5 June 2019 Put simply, genital stimulation—orgasm or no orgasm—lowers the bad (the stress hormone cortisol) and heightens the good (endorphins) triggering that rush and release feeling. Haley Swanson, Glamour, "6 Benefits of Female Masturbation That Will Convince You to Do it More," 30 May 2019

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First Known Use of genital

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for genital

Middle English, from Latin genitalis, from genitus, past participle of gignere to beget — more at kin

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genital

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of genital

: of or relating to the sexual organs

genital

adjective
gen·​i·​tal | \ ˈje-nə-tᵊl How to pronounce genital (audio) \

Kids Definition of genital

: of or relating to reproduction or the sexual organs

genital

adjective
gen·​i·​tal | \ ˈjen-ə-tᵊl How to pronounce genital (audio) \

Medical Definition of genital

2 : of, relating to, or being a sexual organ
3a : of, relating to, or characterized by the stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory following the latency period and during which oral and anal impulses are subordinated to adaptive interpersonal mechanisms
b : of, relating to, or characterized by a personality in the genital stage of psychosexual development especially as typified by normal sexual desires and by concern for the happiness and pleasures of others — compare anal sense 2, oral sense 3

Other Words from genital

genitally \ -​ē How to pronounce genitally (audio) \ adverb

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