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genital

[jen-i-tl]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or noting reproduction.
  2. of or relating to the sexual organs.
  3. Psychoanalysis.
    1. of or relating to the genital phase of psychosexual development.
    2. of or relating to the centering of sexual impulses and excitation on the genitalia.
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Origin of genital

1350–1400; Middle English < Old French < Latin genitālis of birth, equivalent to genit(us), past participle of gignere to beget + -ālis -al1
Related formspost·gen·i·tal, adjectivepre·gen·i·tal, adjectivesub·gen·i·tal, adjective

genitals

[jen-i-tlz]
plural noun
  1. genitalia.
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Origin of genitals

plural noun use of genital
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Related Words for genital

genitalia, nuts, gonads, vulva, testes, stones, pudenda

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British Dictionary definitions for genital

genital

adjective
  1. of or relating to the sexual organs or to reproduction
  2. psychoanal relating to the mature stage of psychosexual development in which an affectionate relationship with one's sex partner is establishedCompare anal (def. 2), oral (def. 7), phallic (def. 2)
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Word Origin for genital

C14: from Latin genitālis concerning birth, from gignere to beget

genitals

genitalia (ˌdʒɛnɪˈteɪlɪə, -ˈteɪljə)

pl n
  1. 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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Derived Formsgenitalic (ˌdʒɛnɪˈtælɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for genital

adj.

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.

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genitals

n.

"reproductive organs," late 14c., from genital (adj.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

genital in Medicine

genital

(jĕnĭ-tl)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to biological reproduction.
  2. Of or relating to the genitalia.
  3. 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.
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n.
  1. A reproductive organ, especially one of the external sex organs.
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genitals

(jĕnĭ-tlz)
pl.n.
  1. Genitalia.
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genital in Science

genitals

[jĕnĭ-tlz]
  1. The organs of reproduction in animals, especially the external sex organs.
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genital in Culture

genitals

The organs involved in reproduction. (See reproductive systems.)

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