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labial

[ley-bee-uh l] /ˈleɪ bi əl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or resembling a labium.
2.
of or pertaining to the lips.
3.
Phonetics. involving lip articulation, as p, v, m, w, or a rounded vowel.
4.
Music. having the tones produced by the impact of a stream of air on a sharp liplike edge, as in a flute or the flue pipes of an organ.
noun, Phonetics
5.
any labial consonant, especially a bilabial.
6.
any labial sound.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < Medieval Latin labiālis. See labium, -al1
Related forms
labiality, noun
labially, adverb
interlabial, adjective
postlabial, adjective
postlabially, adverb
prelabial, adjective
pseudolabial, adjective
sublabial, adjective
sublabially, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for labial

labial

/ˈleɪbɪəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or near lips or labia
2.
(music) producing sounds by the action of an air stream over a narrow liplike fissure, as in a flue pipe of an organ
3.
(phonetics) relating to a speech sound whose articulation involves movement or use of the lips: a labial click
noun
4.
(music) Also called labial pipe. an organ pipe with a liplike fissure
5.
(phonetics) a speech sound such as English p or m, whose articulation involves movement or use of the lips
Derived Forms
labiality, noun
labially, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin labiālis, from Latin labium lip
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Word Origin and History for labial
adj.

"pertaining to the lips," 1590s, from Medieval Latin labialis "having to do with the lips," from Latin labium "lip" (see lip (n.)). The noun meaning "a labial sound" is from 1660s. Related: Labially.

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labial in Medicine

labial la·bi·al (lā'bē-əl)
adj.
Relating to the lips or labia.

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