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[koh-i-tuh s]
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  1. 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
Related formsco·i·tal, adjectiveco·i·tal·ly, adverbpost·co·i·tal, adjectivepost·co·i·tal·ly, adverbpre·co·i·tal, adjective
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Related Words for coitus

intercourse, copulation, sex, coition, congress, relation, intimacy, union

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coition (kəʊˈɪʃən)

  1. technical terms for sexual intercourse
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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 coitus


"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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coitus 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
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Related formscoi•tal adj.
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