oral

[ awr-uh l, ohr- ]
/ ˈɔr əl, ˈoʊr- /
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adjective

noun

an oral examination in a school, college, or university, given especially to a candidate for an advanced degree.

Nearby words

  1. oracularly,
  2. oracy,
  3. orad,
  4. oradea,
  5. orae,
  6. oral biology,
  7. oral cavity,
  8. oral contraceptive,
  9. oral eroticism,
  10. oral herpes

Origin of oral

1615–25; < Latin ōr- (stem of ōs) mouth (cognate with Sanskrit āsya) + -al1

Related forms
Can be confusedoral aural

Usage note

1. See verbal.

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British Dictionary definitions for postoral

oral

/ (ˈɔːrəl, ˈɒrəl) /

adjective

noun

an examination in which the questions and answers are spoken rather than written
Derived Formsorally, adverb

Word Origin for oral

C17: from Late Latin orālis, from Latin ōs face

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Word Origin and History for postoral

oral

adj.

1620s, from Late Latin oralis, from Latin os (genitive oris) "mouth, opening, face, entrance," from PIE *os-/*ous- "mouth" (cf. Sanskrit asan "mouth," asyam "mouth, opening," Avestan ah-, Hittite aish, Middle Irish a "mouth," Old Norse oss "mouth of a river," Old English or "beginning, origin, front"). Psychological meaning "of the mouth as the focus of infantile sexual energy" (e.g. oral fixation) is from 1910. The sexual sense is first recorded 1948, in Kinsey. As a noun, "oral examination," attested from 1876. Related: Orally (c.1600); orality.

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Medicine definitions for postoral

postoral

[ pōst-ôrəl ]

adj.

Situated behind or at the back of the mouth.

oral

[ ôrəl ]

adj.

Of or relating to the mouth.
Used in or taken through the mouth.
Of or relating to the first stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory, in which the mouth is the focus of exploration and pleasure.
Related formsoral•ly adv.


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Science definitions for postoral

oral

[ ôrəl ]

Relating to or involving the mouth.
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