copulation

[ kop-yuh-ley-shuh n ]
/ ˌkɒp yəˈleɪ ʃən /

noun

sexual intercourse.
a joining together or coupling.

Origin of copulation

1350–1400; Middle English copulacion < Latin cōpulātiōn- (stem of copulātio) a binding together. See copulate, -ion
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Word Origin and History for copulation

copulation


n.

late 14c., "coupling," from Middle French copulation "mating, copulation" (14c.), from Latin copulationem (nominative copulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of copulare (see copulate). Of the sex act from late 15c., and this became the main sense from 16c.

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Medicine definitions for copulation

copulation

[ kŏp′yə-lāshən ]

n.

Conjugation between two cells that do not fuse but separate after mutual fertilization.
coitus
Related formscopu•late′ v.
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