plural noun
gen·i·ta·lia | \ˌje-nə-ˈtāl-yə \

Definition of genitalia 

: the organs of the reproductive system especially : the external genital organs

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genitalic \ˌje-nə-ˈta-lik, -ˈtā- \ adjective

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In rare cases, the worms can squirm into organs, such as lungs, breasts, male genitalia, and eyes. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Selfies show worm slithered through woman’s face for 2 weeks," 22 June 2018 In his claim, Shooter alleges Ugenti-Rita exposed her genitalia in person to a young female staffer and sent that same staffer graphic photos of herself, among other actions. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter sued for slander by accuser, Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita," 15 June 2018 In the absence of a furor like the one instigated by Mr. Comey, the publication of a recording that showed Mr. Trump boasting about grabbing women’s genitalia could well have been the defining event of the campaign. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Democrats Find Vindication, and New Agony, in Report on Comey," 14 June 2018 The sentiment that the pink pussyhat excludes and is offensive to transgender women and gender nonbinary people who don't have typical female genitalia and to women of color because their genitals are more likely to be brown than pink. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Pink pussyhats: The reason feminists are ditching them," 10 Jan. 2018 Bragging about being able to grab women by the genitalia is not a quirky cultural difference, but an abuse of power. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Trump’s sexual misconduct does not embody working class family values.," 2 July 2018 The assistant general manager of the Ottawa Senators was arrested in Buffalo on Thursday after allegedly rubbing the shoulders of a 19-year-old male shuttle van driver without permission and making a lewd comment about his own genitalia. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Ottawa Senators assistant GM Randy Lee arrested for harassment in Buffalo," 1 June 2018 Her daughter had to undergo surgery for the injuries to her genitalia. Huizhong Wu, CNN, "Sexual violence victims can wait years for India's overtaxed crime labs," 6 June 2018 Like, actual monster dildos: someone’s fantasy of what Frankenstein’s monster’s genitalia look like. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Are We Ready for Robot Sex?," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of genitalia

1651, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for genitalia

Latin, from neuter plural of genitalis

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noun plural
gen·i·ta·lia | \ˌjen-ə-ˈtāl-yə \

Medical Definition of genitalia 

: the organs of the reproductive system especially : the external genital organs

Other Words from genitalia

genitalic \-ˈtal-ik, -ˈtāl- \ adjective

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