of, relating to, or noting reproduction.
of or relating to the sexual organs.
- of or relating to the genital phase of psychosexual development.
- of or relating to the centering of sexual impulses and excitation on the genitalia.
Origin of genital
1350–1400; Middle EnglishRelated formspost·gen·i·tal, adjectivepre·gen·i·tal, adjectivesub·gen·i·tal, adjective
< Old French
< Latin genitālis
of birth, equivalent to genit(us
), past participle of gignere
to beget + -ālis -al1
Origin of genitals
plural noun use of genital
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Genital armature: all the processes concerned in copulation.
Genital, jen′i-tal, adj. belonging to generation or the act of producing.
Genital tuft: in Lepidoptera; an expansible tuft of fine hair believed to be scent-producing.
Genital duct diaulic, without open seminal groove; male and female apertures contiguous.
Genital duct always triaulic, and male and female apertures distant from each other.
British Dictionary definitions for genital
of or relating to the sexual organs or to reproduction
Word Origin for genital
C14: from Latin genitālis concerning birth, from gignere to beget
genitalia (ˌdʒɛnɪˈteɪlɪə, -ˈteɪljə)
Derived Formsgenitalic (ˌdʒɛnɪˈtælɪk), adjective
the sexual organs; the testicles and penis of a male or the labia, clitoris, and vagina of a femaleRelated adjective: venereal
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Word Origin and History for genital
late 14c., in membres genytal "the genitals," from Latin genitalis "pertaining to generation or birth" (also a by-name of the goddess Diana), from genitus, past participle of gignere "to beget" (see genus). As a noun meaning "sex organ" from mid-15c.
"reproductive organs," late 14c., from genital (adj.).
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Of or relating to biological reproduction.
Of or relating to the genitalia.
Of or relating to the stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory beginning in puberty and during which the genitals become the focus of sexual gratification.
A reproductive organ, especially one of the external sex organs.
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The organs of reproduction in animals, especially the external sex organs.
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