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genital

[jen-i-tl] /ˈdʒɛn ɪ tl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or noting reproduction.
2.
of or pertaining to the sexual organs.
3.
Psychoanalysis.
  1. of or pertaining to the genital phase of psychosexual development.
  2. of or pertaining to the centering of sexual impulses and excitation on the genitalia.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Old French < Latin genitālis of birth, equivalent to genit(us), past participle of gignere to beget + -ālis -al1
Related forms
postgenital, adjective
pregenital, adjective
subgenital, adjective

genitals

[jen-i-tlz] /ˈdʒɛn ɪ tlz/
plural noun
1.
Origin
plural noun use of genital
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British Dictionary definitions for genital

genital

/ˈdʒɛnɪtəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the sexual organs or to reproduction
2.
(psychoanal) relating to the mature stage of psychosexual development in which an affectionate relationship with one's sex partner is established Compare anal (sense 2), oral (sense 7), phallic (sense 2)
Word Origin
C14: from Latin genitālis concerning birth, from gignere to beget

genitals

/ˈdʒɛnɪtəlz/
plural noun
1.
the sexual organs; the testicles and penis of a male or the labia, clitoris, and vagina of a female related adjective venereal
Derived Forms
genitalic (ˌdʒɛnɪˈtælɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for genital
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.

genitals

n.

"reproductive organs," late 14c., from genital (adj.).

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genital in Medicine

genital gen·i·tal (jěn'ĭ-tl)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to biological reproduction.

  2. Of or relating to the genitalia.

  3. 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.

genitals gen·i·tals (jěn'ĭ-tlz)
pl.n.
Genitalia.

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genital in Science
genitals
  (jěn'ĭ-tlz)   
The organs of reproduction in animals, especially the external sex organs.
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genital in Culture

genitals definition


The organs involved in reproduction. (See reproductive systems.)

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