post·​co·​i·​tal ˌpōst-ˈkō-ə-tᵊl How to pronounce postcoital (audio)
: occurring after coitus : used or occurring following sexual intercourse
postcoital contraception

Examples of postcoital in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carmichael sucks the toes of a casual hookup during a postcoital debrief. Alison Herman, Variety, 29 Mar. 2024 The dance beautifully takes you from scene one, which ends with him deciding to go with her, and then scene two is postcoital. Michael Paulson, New York Times, 16 Jan. 2024 This surgery carries risks and does not necessarily guarantee postcoital bleeding; one study published in 2012 found that 17 out of 19 women who underwent hymenoplasty did not experience any postcoital bleeding after surgery. Neda Taghinejadi, Wired, 13 Feb. 2022 The inspection of postcoital blood on the wedding night has been, and continues to be, in some communities, used as proof of a woman’s virginal status—but the reality is that the proportion of women who experience bleeding on first intercourse may be as low as one-third. Neda Taghinejadi, Wired, 13 Feb. 2022 The laughable moment is followed by a psychedelic, postcoital dream sequence of the pair careening down a highway of night-blooming flowers. Armond White, National Review, 24 May 2023 After one moment of postcoital bliss, Sweeney smacks Powell in the balls and slaps him in the face. Chris Lee, Vulture, 25 Apr. 2023 Then the camera pulls back to reveal the pair are not actually in the throes of postcoital bliss but tied up on the floor of an ancient temple in a scenario out of Raiders of the Lost Ark, menaced by a henchman-flanked villain and some convenient snakes. Vulture, 29 Apr. 2022 Defects observed in postcoital laboratory testing were related to PSA detection (aOR, 8.0; 95% CI, 1.5-42.6). Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 26 Feb. 2011

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of postcoital was in 1904

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Cite this Entry

“Postcoital.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


post·​co·​i·​tal -ˈkō-ət-ᵊl, -kō-ˈēt-ᵊl How to pronounce postcoital (audio)
: occurring, existing, or being administered after coitus
a postcoital contraceptive
postcoitally adverb
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