[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.
postoral post·o·ral (pōst-ôr’əl)
Situated behind or at the back of the mouth.
oral o·ral (ôr’əl)
Relating to or involving the mouth.
- Postoral arch
postoral arch n. Any of the series of branchial arches caudal to the mouth.
[pohst-awr-bi-tl] /poʊstˈɔr bɪ tl/ adjective, Anatomy, Zoology. 1. located behind the orbit or socket of the eye. /pəʊstˈɔːbɪtəl/ adjective 1. (anatomy) situated behind the eye or the eye socket postorbital post·or·bit·al (pōst-ôr’bĭ-tl) adj. Situated behind the socket of the eye.
- Post-order traversal
postovulatory post·o·vu·la·to·ry (pōst-ō’vyə-lə-tôr’ē, -ŏv’yə-) adj. Of or occurring in the period shortly after ovulation.