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

Examples of genital in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Broadly, a 2017 report authored by three former U.S. Surgeons General noted little benefit to conducting genital surgery on children. Shefali Luthra, USA TODAY, "Boston Children’s Hospital will no longer perform two types of intersex surgery on children," 22 Oct. 2020 Procedures are costly out of pocket, with breast reduction or enhancement costing around $10,000 and genital and facial surgery tens of thousands more. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "With few specialists nationwide, Baltimore is becoming a destination for transgender surgeries," 15 Oct. 2020 Human papillomaviruses are a group of viruses that cause genital warts and most cases of cervical cancer. NBC News, "HPV vaccine significantly lowers risk of cervical cancer, large study finds," 30 Sep. 2020 According to the findings, his government and security forces have engaged in an assortment of brutal torture tactics ranging from electric shocks, genital mutilation, and asphyxiation to kill and maim dissidents. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Venezuela's Maduro denounces US as “the most serious threat to world peace” in UN address," 24 Sep. 2020 These species also pull in the services of the second pair of legs, which is where their genital openings are. Emily Willingham, Wired, "Does a Millipede Have a Penis? Well ... Define 'Penis'," 22 Sep. 2020 Hayden was intubated, the suit states, and soon diagnosed with GBS meningitis—also known as Group B strep, which is caused by a bacteria (Group B streptococcus) commonly found in gastrointestinal and genital tracts. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, "‘Catastrophic failure’ at St. Vincent’s caused newborn’s ‘massive’ brain damage, lawsuit alleges," 14 Sep. 2020 Medical transition can also involves a surgical intervention, usually chest reconstruction and/or genital affirmation surgery. Leah Groth, Health.com, "What Does it Mean to Identify as Transgender? Here's What Experts Want You to Know," 27 Aug. 2020 Certain strains of human papilloma virus (HPV) cause genital warts, which are typically flesh colored and raised and often aren’t accompanied by any other symptoms, says Dr. Ridgeway. Alyssa Jung, Good Housekeeping, "6 Causes for Vaginal Bumps You Should Know About," 25 Aug. 2020

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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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29 Oct 2020

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“Genital.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/genital. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for genital

genital

adjective
How to pronounce genital (audio)

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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