pre·​gen·​i·​tal ˌprē-ˈje-nə-tᵊl How to pronounce pregenital (audio)
variants or less commonly pre-genital
: of, relating to, or being any of the stages of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory which occur before the genital stage
pregenital impulses
pregenital fixations
of a segmented invertebrate : of, relating to, or situated in the abdominal region anterior to the segment containing the sexual organs
the pregenital segments of a grasshopper
a crustacean's pregenital limbs

Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of pregenital was in 1869

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Cite this Entry

“Pregenital.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


pre·​gen·​i·​tal -ˈjen-ə-tᵊl How to pronounce pregenital (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of the oral, anal, and phallic phases of psychosexual development
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