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

Other Words from genital

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

Examples of genital in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Female genital mutilation is prevalent in several countries. New York Times, 18 Nov. 2021 Take human papillomavirus, which causes cervical cancer and genital warts. Roxanne Khamsi, The Atlantic, 17 Nov. 2021 The classic symptoms of donovanosis are painless ulcers in your genital region that progressively worsen and spread. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 24 Oct. 2021 But instead donovanosis is caused by a bacteria named Klebsiella granulomatis that can progressively destroy your genital tissue. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 24 Oct. 2021 Here are the most common reasons for a bump on your labia or other genital parts and when to see your doctor about it. Zahra Barnes, SELF, 12 Oct. 2021 Which is more painful: nipple or genital piercings? Lexy Lebsack, refinery29.com, 6 Oct. 2021 Having pain in the region amounts to a never-ending genital tinnitus. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 Female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision or cutting, has been condemned by the United Nations. NBC News, 29 Sep. 2021

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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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The first known use of genital was in the 14th century

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23 Nov 2021

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“Genital.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/genital. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for genital

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 genital (audio) \ adverb

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