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copulation

[kop-yuh-ley-shuh n] /ˌkɒp yəˈleɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
sexual intercourse.
2.
a joining together or coupling.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English copulacion < Latin cōpulātiōn- (stem of copulātio) a binding together. See copulate, -ion
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Word Origin and History for copulation
n.

late 14c., "coupling," from Middle French copulation "mating, copulation" (14c.), from Latin copulationem (nominative copulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of copulare (see copulate). Of the sex act from late 15c., and this became the main sense from 16c.

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copulation in Medicine

copulation cop·u·la·tion (kŏp'yə-lā'shən)
n.

  1. Conjugation between two cells that do not fuse but separate after mutual fertilization.

  2. See coitus.


cop'u·late' v.
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