[ koh-i-tuh s ]
/ ˈkoʊ ɪ təs /


sexual intercourse, especially between a man and a woman.


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Origin of coitus

1705–15; < Latin: a coming together, uniting, sexual intercourse, equivalent to coi- (see coition) + -tus suffix of v. action

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British Dictionary definitions for coitus


coition (kəʊˈɪʃən)

/ (ˈkəʊɪtəs) /


technical terms for sexual intercourse

Derived forms of coitus

coital, adjective

Word Origin for coitus

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

[ kōĭ-təs, kō-ē- ]


Sexual union between a male and a female involving insertion of the penis into the vagina.coition copulation

Other words from coitus

coi•tal adj.
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