WORD ORIGIN adjective of, relating to, or noting reproduction. of or relating to the sexual organs. . Psychoanalysis 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 English
of birth, equivalent to
), past participle of
to beget +
-ālis -al 1 Related forms post·gen·i·tal, adjective pre·gen·i·tal, adjective sub·gen·i·tal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pregenital adjective of or relating to the sexual organs or to reproduction Word Origin for genital
C14: from Latin
genitālis concerning birth, from gignere to beget
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Word Origin and History for pregenital 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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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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