(Judaism) the traditional body of religious law believed to have been revealed to Moses as an interpretation of the Torah and passed on orally until it was codified and recorded, principally in the Mishna and Gemara
[awr-uh l, ohr-] /ˈɔr əl, ˈoʊr-/ adjective 1. uttered by the mouth; spoken: oral testimony. 2. of, using, or transmitted by speech: oral methods of language teaching; oral traditions. 3. of, relating to, or involving the mouth: the oral cavity. 4. done, taken, or administered through the mouth: an oral dose of medicine. 5. Phonetics. […]
- Oral pathology
oral pathology n. The branch of dentistry concerned with the diseases of oral and paraoral structures, including oral soft tissues and mucous membranes and the teeth, jaws, and salivary glands.
- Oral personality
According to the original theories of psychoanalysis, a personality fixed emotionally in the oral stage of development, whose sexual and aggressive drives are satisfied by putting things in his or her mouth. Depending on when the fixation occurs, oral personalities tend to be either optimistic, generous, and gregarious or aggressive, ambitious, and selfish. More recently, […]
- Oral phase
oral phase n. In psychoanalytic theory, the first stage in psychosexual development, usually occurring in the first year, when the mouth is the focus of the infant’s needs, expression, gratification, and pleasurable erotic experiences.