Definition of genital in US English:



  • 1Relating to the human or animal reproductive organs.

    ‘conditions of the lower genital tract’
    • ‘On the underside of the body lie the genital opening and sensory organs.’
    • ‘No pathologic changes were seen in the genital organs.’
    • ‘Treatment for hormone differentiation involves lifelong hormone therapy and/or genital surgery’
    • ‘Several case studies and one randomised controlled trial have shown that screening significantly reduces the prevalence of genital tract infections and pelvic inflammatory disease in women.’
    • ‘Women's responses to close-ended questionnaires indicated that they were accepting of genital surgery and did not connect it to negative effects.’
    • ‘These infections may range from cutaneous warts to genital mucous membrane infections that can progress to cervical cancer.’
    • ‘The fetal sex was identified by examination of the genital tract using a dissecting microscope at a magnification of × 15.’
    • ‘After more than 50 years of searching, scientists have discovered a key gene that enables certain bacteria to cause blindness and debilitating genital tract infections.’
    • ‘At early stages of embryonic development the genital region of males and females is indistinguishable.’
    • ‘The team found that 66% of people with nipple piercings and 52% of those with genital piercings had developed health problems.’
    • ‘The most common complaints were of fatigue, loss of libido, and decreased genital sensation.’
    • ‘They often have cloudy whitish patches on the throat, near the umbilicus, and in the genital area.’
    • ‘Our results provide further support for the hypothesis that the male genital tract may serve as a reservoir of HPV infection.’
    • ‘Less common types of male subfertility are caused by testicular or genital tract infection, disease, or abnormalities.’
    • ‘It is important to tell your doctor if you develop genital itching or sores accompanied by fever and headache.’
    • ‘To reduce your risk of cervical cancer, protect yourself against genital human papilloma virus exposure.’
    generative, procreative, propagative
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    1. 1.1Psychoanalysis (in Freudian theory) relating to or denoting the final stage of psychosexual development reached in adulthood.
      • ‘For Freud, the breast was the first erogenous zone, from which a child should move on to the anal and genital stages of its developing sexuality.’


  • A person or animal's external organs of reproduction.

    private parts, genitalia, sexual organs, reproductive organs, pudenda, nether regions, crotch, groin
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Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin genitalis, from genitus, past participle of gignere ‘beget’.