pre·​co·​i·​tal ˌprē-ˈkō-ə-tᵊl How to pronounce precoital (audio)
variants or pre-coital
: occurring before coitus
precoital sexual activity
precoitally adverb
or pre-coitally
contraception used precoitally

Examples of precoital in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most eight-legged bachelors go to great lengths to avoid being eaten by their lover: Some try to massage her into a stupor, or bind her legs up with silk; others play dead, or detach their own legs to distract her with a precoital snack. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 20 July 2022 Her version of foreplay involves chomping down on some precoital potato skins and asking if her feet stink. Iana Murray, Vulture, 28 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of precoital was in 1935

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Cite this Entry

“Precoital.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


pre·​co·​i·​tal -ˈkō-ət-ᵊl, -kō-ˈēt- How to pronounce precoital (audio)
: used or occurring before coitus
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