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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Per the Times, the Department of Health and Human Services is currently working on developing a federal policy that would define gender as something determined by one's genitalia at birth. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump Is Still Selling a LGBTQ Pride Shirt Despite Anti-Transgender Policy," 22 Oct. 2018 Uranus’s genitalia, along with his blood and semen, formed a thick, dense, mist from which Venus (or Aphrodite) emerged. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018 Officers would also take place in a game where one person would take out his genitalia and put it on someone’s food or in someone’s drink, the complaint said. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "New Jersey cops used sex toy 'Big Blue' to harass co-workers, played game with genitals, lawsuit says," 17 May 2018 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

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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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