One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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- ‘Women's health advocates have argued for a long-acting hormonal method that is under the control of women, does not require daily attention, and is not coitus related.’
- ‘Although a natural sexual act, coitus is culturally regulated by legislation, custom, and religious belief.’
- ‘When interpreting the available data he speculates that many people in the U.S. engage in extramarital coitus despite their belief that this behavior is not morally acceptable.’
- ‘Although having first coitus in a noncommitted relationship or at a young age had a negative effect on how both males and females were evaluated, the negative effect was greater for females.’
- ‘Vice versa, in all three surveys plump women had not had intercourse as recently as lean women, while there was no connection between recent coitus and BMI among men.’
- ‘Only 6.4% of the coitally experienced male adolescents reported that they had ever used a condom for coitus.’
- ‘Being engaged is no longer a necessary condition for premarital coitus, and sexual activity has become a common aspect of adolescent relationships.’
- ‘In recent decades at least, virginity loss has by and large been defined with reference to physiological rather than to moral criteria, and has been specifically equated with first coitus.’
- ‘In fact, initiation and frequency of coitus are often the only aspects of sexual behavior that are measured.’
- ‘Painful intercourse has been found to reduce frequency of coitus in a large community-based sample of menopausal women.’
- ‘Results regarding the relationship between age at first coitus and later outcomes, although statistically significant, were inconsistent with the abstinence-only agenda.’
- ‘There were no gender differences in the proportions of the students who have had a steady date, but significant gender differences in the proportions of the students who had coitus.’
- ‘The male students who had coitus, who had smoked, who had used alcohol, and who had a steady date reported greater numbers of their friends who might have visited prostitutes than the others.’
- ‘Because no positive relationship has been shown to exist between estrogen levels and sexual activity, coitus is not hypothesized to restore or maintain estrogen in postmenopausal women.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin, from coire ‘go together’ (see coition).
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