plural noun
gen·​i·​tals | \ ˈje-nə-tᵊlz How to pronounce genitals (audio) \

Definition of genitals

: the sexual or reproductive organs located on the outside of the body : genitalia Frontal male nudity, however, doesn't sit too well with the Motion Picture Association of America. Excessive shots of male genitals almost always ensure an NC-17 rating …— Ryan Murphy Symptoms of infection include discharges from the penis or vagina and burning and itching of the genitals.— C. Brownlee

Examples of genitals in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web King was stripped of his olive green uniform; there was a blood stain under his head; and even though he was not shot below the abdomen, the photographer included his genitals in the frame. Alexa Mills, Washington Post, 28 May 2021 Their genitals fall off and get replaced by a big white ball of spores. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 May 2021 The star has said she was not told beforehand that her genitals would be exposed in that scene and felt misled. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 19 May 2021 Update, May 6: Camille Bromley, a features editor at Believer, wrote in Defector that Shenk’s exposure of his genitals, while perhaps unintentional, reflected a larger pattern of disrespect toward employees. Jennifer Zhan, Vulture, 6 May 2021 They are joined at the hip and share a bladder, intestines, liver and genitals. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 26 May 2021 Common pelvic floor dysfunction symptoms are similar regardless of muscle tone and include pain in your lower back, pelvis, or genitals, constipation, and trouble holding your bowel or urine movements, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Griffin Wynne, SELF, 11 May 2021 The man, now in his 20s, said Velasquez would often grab wrestlers' genitals and anuses while claiming the holds were legitimate wrestling moves. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 May 2021 Moller never thought about running for office until Donald Trump graphically described groping a woman's genitals in a Hollywood Access tape before being elected president. Star Tribune, 10 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of genitals

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Genitals.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of genitals

: sexual organs especially : the sexual organs on the outside of the body


noun plural
gen·​i·​tals | \ ˈjen-ə-tᵊlz How to pronounce genitals (audio) \

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