[ awr-gaz-uhm ]
/ ˈɔr gæz əm /
the physical and emotional sensation experienced at the peak of sexual excitation, usually resulting from stimulation of the sexual organ and usually accompanied in the male by ejaculation.
an instance of experiencing this.
intense or unrestrained excitement.
an instance or occurrence of such excitement.
verb (used without object)
to have an orgasm.
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Origin of orgasm
1640–50; <New Latin orgasmus<Greek orgasmós, derivative of orgân to swell, be excited
OTHER WORDS FROM orgasm
or·gas·mic, or·gas·tic, adjectivenon·or·gas·mic, adjectivepost·or·gas·mic, adjectivepost·or·gas·tic, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH orgasmorganism, orgasm
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Example sentences from the Web for orgasm
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British Dictionary definitions for orgasm
/ (ˈɔːɡæzəm) /
the most intense point during sexual excitement, characterized by extremely pleasurable sensations and in the male accompanied by ejaculation of semen
rare intense or violent excitement
Derived forms of orgasmorgasmic or orgastic, adjective
Word Origin for orgasm
C17: from New Latin orgasmus, from Greek orgasmos, from organ to mature, swell
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Medical definitions for orgasm
[ ôr′găz′əm ]
The highest point of sexual excitement, marked by strong feelings of pleasure and marked normally by ejaculation of semen by the male and by vaginal contractions within the female.climax
Other words from orgasmor•gas′mic (ôr-găz′mĭk) adj.
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Scientific definitions for orgasm
[ ôr′găz′əm ]
The peak of sexual excitement, characterized by strong feelings of pleasure and bv a series of involuntary contractions of the muscles of the genitals, usually accompanied by the ejaculation of semen by the male.
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