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 Trump's view, gender is an unchangeable fact defined by the genitalia you are born with. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Miss Universe Is Making History with the Pageant's First Openly Trans Contestant," 15 Dec. 2018 In other words, the government would not recognize a person’s gender other than the one based on their genitalia when they’re born. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The Trump administration reportedly wants the government to revoke civil rights protections from transgender people," 21 Oct. 2018 In July, the live cam appeared to capture him attempting to use an ice cream scooper on several housemates' genitalia, The Wrap previously reported. Mariah Haas, Fox News, "'Big Brother' contestant accused of inappropriate touching again after CBS warning," 30 Aug. 2018 Carrell’s Bezos snarks, at one point walking in front of an image of Super Mario Bros.’s Toad — a reference to what Stormy Daniels said earlier this year about Trump’s genitalia. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "SNL explains Jeff Bezos and Amazon’s HQ2 strategy: trolling President Trump," 18 Nov. 2018 But some executives accused in the original report remain employed, such as COO Scott Gelb, who is mentioned in the lawsuit as being accused of touching other employees’ genitalia and making uncomfortable comments to plaintiff Melanie McCracken. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "League of Legends maker Riot Games is sued for gender-based discrimination," 6 Nov. 2018 While there are many words for female genitalia, the c-word is by far the worst. The Washington Post,, "Let's talk about the c-word -- and why it's so taboo," 2 June 2018 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

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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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