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[kawr-pawr-ee-uh l, -pohr-] /kɔrˈpɔr i əl, -ˈpoʊr-/
of the nature of the physical body; bodily.
material; tangible:
corporeal property.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin corpore(us) bodily (corpor- (stem of corpus) body + -eus adj. suffix) + -al1
Related forms
corporeality, corporealness, noun
corporeally, adverb
noncorporeal, adjective
noncorporeality, noun
transcorporeal, adjective
Can be confused
corporal, corporeal.
1. See physical.
1. spiritual. 2. intangible. Unabridged
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Examples for corporeal
  • There, corporeal lashes in public would probably served up in no time for disturbing the peace.
  • Our skin microbes can provide us with a layer of defense, a moat around our corporeal castle.
  • Unfortunately, he doesn't have the presence or corporeal sensitivity to make such body doodles enthralling.
  • But to some greens, the threat of new coal plants coming online is so dire that it demands a more corporeal level of engagement.
  • The study involves adult subject requiring colonic anastomosis following laparoscopic intra-corporeal surgery.
British Dictionary definitions for corporeal


of the nature of the physical body; not spiritual
of a material nature; physical
Derived Forms
corporeality, corporealness, noun
corporeally, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin corporeus, from corpus body
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Word Origin and History for corporeal
1610, from L. corporeus "of the nature of a body," from corpus "body," from PIE *kwrpes, from base *kwrep- "body, form appearance," probably from a verbal root meaning "to appear" (cf. Skt. krp- "form, body," Avestan kerefsh "form, body," O.E. hrif "belly," O.H.G. href "womb, belly, abdomen").
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corporeal in Medicine

corporeal cor·po·re·al (kôr-pôr'ē-əl)
Of, relating to, or characteristic of the body.

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