genital

adjective
gen·i·tal | \ˈje-nə-tᵊl \

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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genitally \ˈje-nə-tə-lē \ adverb

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In some 30 countries right now, according to the World Health Organization, genital mutilation is still practiced. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "There’s Emmy drama in the face-off between two of this year’s very best," 12 July 2018 The risk goes way beyond genital cancers, or cancers in just women. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Want to prevent your children from getting cancer? Doctors push HPV vaccine," 9 July 2018 Only when the two are ready to mate will ovaries and egg-laying machinery populate the female’s genital tract, while the male sprouts testes. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Alternatives to Heterosexual Pairings, Brought to You By Non-Human Animals," 28 June 2018 Viagra works to improve blood flow to the genital area, which can help men get and keep erections. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "The Controversial 'Female Viagra' Drug Is Back–Here's What You Need to Know," 14 June 2018 Camby came into the bedroom and threw a pot of boiling water on her, burning her genital area, abdomen, thighs and buttocks. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Hartford PD: Woman Arrested For Throwing Boiling Water On Roommate," 7 June 2018 Finally, in 2017, Priority agreed to cover her genital reconstruction. CNN, "To be herself, she needs to change her body. But first, comes the battle with insurers," 31 May 2018 There are also thousands of separate cases in which women argue that using talcum powder in their genital area gave them ovarian cancer. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Johnson & Johnson hit with $25.75 million verdict in talc-asbestos case," 24 May 2018 Some are dealing with genital shame or misconceptions around odor, appearance, or feeling dirty. Cari Romm, The Cut, "11 Sex Therapists on What Their Clients Tell Them About Oral Sex," 9 May 2018

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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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genital

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of genital

: of or relating to the sexual organs

genital

adjective
gen·i·tal | \ˈje-nə-tᵊl \

Kids Definition of genital

: of or relating to reproduction or the sexual organs

genital

adjective
gen·i·tal | \ˈjen-ə-tᵊl \

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 \ \ adverb

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