post·​co·​i·​tal | \ ˌpōst-ˈkō-ə-tᵊl How to pronounce postcoital (audio) , -kō-ˈē-, -ˈkȯi-tᵊl \

Definition of postcoital

: occurring after coitus : used or occurring following sexual intercourse postcoital contraception

Examples of postcoital in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here, the bedroom scene is postcoital, with Mav and Penny talking about life. Jen Yamato, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2022 With so many leggy bachelors roaming around, females can afford to devour a few—so to avoid becoming a postcoital snack, male spiders must flee immediately after procreation. Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 25 Apr. 2022 His orange face the picture of postcoital consummation. John Lithgow, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021 Fowler-Finn is also studying a bizarre behavior in which some postcoital males from one species will nibble on their mate’s second leg and … jiggle it. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2021 Female hoopoes douse their eggs in a pungent postcoital goo. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 4 May 2021 Two strangers hook up and, while giddily enjoying their postcoital high, decide to try to cram an entire relationship — a world of togetherness — into the next 24 hours. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 26 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of postcoital

1904, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jun 2022

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“Postcoital.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for postcoital


post·​co·​i·​tal | \ -ˈkō-ət-ᵊl, -kō-ˈēt-ᵊl How to pronounce postcoital (audio) \

Medical Definition of postcoital

: occurring, existing, or being administered after coitus a postcoital contraceptive

Other Words from postcoital

postcoitally \ -​ᵊl-​ē How to pronounce postcoital (audio) \ adverb


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