[koh-i-tuh s]

Origin of coitus

1705–15; < Latin: a coming together, uniting, sexual intercourse, equivalent to coi- (see coition) + -tus suffix of v. action
Related formsco·i·tal, adjectiveco·i·tal·ly, adverbpost·co·i·tal, adjectivepost·co·i·tal·ly, adverbpre·co·i·tal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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coition (kəʊˈɪʃən)

  1. 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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Word Origin and History for coital



"copulation," 1713, scientific Latin, from Latin coitus "a meeting together; sexual union," past participle of coire, from com- "together" (see co-) + ire "come, go," (see ion). In Middle English as coite (early 15c.). Used in English in general senses of "meeting, uniting," and also of magnetic force, planetary conjunction, etc., before sexual sense came to predominate.

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coital in Medicine


[kōĭ-təs, kō-ē-]
  1. 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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