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[ koh-i-tuh s ]
/ ˈkoʊ ɪ təs /


sexual intercourse, especially between a man and a woman.

Nearby words

coistrel, coit, coital, coital exanthema, coition, coitus, coitus interruptus, coitus reservatus, cojones, coke, coke oven

Origin of coitus

1705–15; < Latin: a coming together, uniting, sexual intercourse, equivalent to coi- (see coition) + -tus suffix of v. action
Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for coital

  • Legler observed five coital unions in one-half hour, each preceded by courting movements.

    North American Recent Soft-shelled Turtles (Family Trionychidae)|Robert G. Webb
  • The male remains in the coital position for approximately 15 seconds and then slowly drifts to one side and swims away.

  • The pair remained in the coital position for 30 minutes after the male had achieved intromission.

British Dictionary definitions for coital


coition (kəʊˈɪʃən)

/ (ˈkəʊɪtəs) /


technical terms for sexual intercourse
Derived Formscoital, adjective

Word Origin for coitus

C18 coitus: from Latin: a uniting, from coīre to meet, from īre to go
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Medicine definitions for coital


[ kōĭ-təs, kō-ē- ]


Sexual union between a male and a female involving insertion of the penis into the vagina.coition copulation
Related formscoi•tal adj.
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