[awr-uh l, ohr-] /ˈɔr əl, ˈoʊr-/
uttered by the mouth; spoken:
of, using, or transmitted by speech:
oral methods of language teaching; oral traditions.
of, relating to, or involving the mouth:
the oral cavity.
done, taken, or administered through the mouth:
an oral dose of medicine.
Phonetics. articulated with none of the voice issuing through the nose, as the normal English vowels and the consonants b and v.
Zoology. pertaining to that surface of polyps and marine animals that contains the mouth and tentacles.
an oral examination in a school, college, or university, given especially to a candidate for an advanced degree.
spoken or verbal: an oral agreement
relating to, affecting, or for use in the mouth: an oral thermometer
of or relating to the surface of an animal, such as a jellyfish, on which the mouth is situated
denoting a drug to be taken by mouth: an oral contraceptive Compare parenteral
of, relating to, or using spoken words
(phonetics) pronounced with the soft palate in a raised position completely closing the nasal cavity and allowing air to pass out only through the mouth
an examination in which the questions and answers are spoken rather than written
1620s, from Late Latin oralis, from Latin os (genitive oris) “mouth, opening, face, entrance,” from PIE *os-/*ous- “mouth” (cf. Sanskrit asan “mouth,” asyam “mouth, opening,” Avestan ah-, Hittite aish, Middle Irish a “mouth,” Old Norse oss “mouth of a river,” Old English or “beginning, origin, front”). Psychological meaning “of the mouth as the focus of infantile sexual energy” (e.g. oral fixation) is from 1910. The sexual sense is first recorded 1948, in Kinsey. As a noun, “oral examination,” attested from 1876. Related: Orally (c.1600); orality.
oral o·ral (ôr’əl)
Relating to or involving the mouth.
- 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.
- Oral poliovirus vaccine
oral poliovirus vaccine n. Abbr. OPV See poliovirus vaccine.