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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Review: ‘Duck Butter’ and the 24-Hour ‘for Real’ Relationship," 26 Apr. 2018 From President Fitzgerald Grant III and Olivia Pope boning all over the West Wing (before their postcoital conversations about jam and Vermont) to some hot spy-on-spy action, here are a few of the best hookup scenes from Scandal. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "The Best (and Hottest) Hookup Scenes From Scandal," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of postcoital

1904, in the meaning defined above

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“Postcoital.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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 postcoitally (audio) \ adverb

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