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genital

[ jen-i-tl ]
/ ˈdʒɛn ɪ tl /
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adjective

of, relating to, or noting reproduction.
of or relating to the sexual organs.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM genital

post·gen·i·tal, adjectivepre·gen·i·tal, adjectivesub·gen·i·tal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for genital

genital
/ (ˈdʒɛnɪtəl) /

adjective

of or relating to the sexual organs or to reproduction
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)

Word Origin for genital

C14: from Latin genitālis concerning birth, from gignere to beget
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Medical definitions for genital

genital
[ jĕnĭ-tl ]

adj.

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.

n.

A reproductive organ, especially one of the external sex organs.
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