genital

adjective

gen·​i·​tal ˈje-nə-tᵊl How to pronounce genital (audio)
1
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
genitally adverb

Examples of genital in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tassone said facility placement is one of the most critical decisions for trans people in prison and encourages prisons to make those calls on an individual basis, and not solely on identity documents or genital characteristics. Katie Moore, Kansas City Star, 2 May 2024 Researchers have studied kids with HS in the US and Europe and found that those with nodules in their genital area take longer to get a diagnosis, in part because children wait longer to tell their parents or doctor about their symptoms, Dr. Porter says. Tatiana Walk-Morris, SELF, 22 Apr. 2024 This exploration traces the origins and history of PBM, focusing on seven principal types: tattooing, scarification, amputation, piercing, genital, dental and bone shaping. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Mar. 2024 In Asia, the largest share of cases is in Indonesia, where 55 percent of girls undergo a genital mutilation procedure, government figures show. Stephanie Nolen, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2024 There are a variety of genital and oral herpes treatments that can help prevent outbreaks, alleviate symptoms, and lower the risk of transmission, including antiviral medication like valacyclovir and acyclovir, acyclovir cream for cold sores, lidocaine pain cream, Cover Up! Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 5 Mar. 2024 Boxing’s highest national governing body added a transgender athletes policy to its rulebook that requires genital reassignment surgery and stringent hormone testing before competition, making it among the strictest policies for trans athletes. Jo Yurcaba, NBC News, 3 Jan. 2024 Horny Goat Weed has been used for centuries to improve libido and erectile dysfunction, with its active compound, icariin, mimicking the effects of Viagra by increasing blood flow to the genital area. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 8 Nov. 2023 The ultrasound technician has marked the genital area that displays female reproductive parts. Robin Elise Weiss, Phd, Parents, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Genital.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/genital. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

genital

adjective
gen·​i·​tal ˈjen-ə-tᵊl How to pronounce genital (audio)
: of or relating to reproduction or the sexual organs

Medical Definition

genital

adjective
gen·​i·​tal ˈjen-ə-tᵊl How to pronounce genital (audio)
1
2
: of, relating to, or being a sexual organ
3
a
: 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
genitally adverb

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