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[jen-i-tl] /ˈdʒɛn ɪ tl/

of, relating to, or noting reproduction.
of or relating to the sexual organs.

[jen-i-tlz] /ˈdʒɛn ɪ tlz/
plural noun
of or relating to the sexual organs or to reproduction
(psychoanal) relating to the mature stage of psychosexual development in which an affectionate relationship with one’s sex partner is established Compare anal (sense 2), oral (sense 7), phallic (sense 2)
plural noun
the sexual organs; the testicles and penis of a male or the labia, clitoris, and vagina of a female related adjective venereal

late 14c., in membres genytal “the genitals,” from Latin genitalis “pertaining to generation or birth” (also a by-name of the goddess Diana), from genitus, past participle of gignere “to beget” (see genus). As a noun meaning “sex organ” from mid-15c.

“reproductive organs,” late 14c., from genital (adj.).

genital gen·i·tal (jěn’ĭ-tl)

A reproductive organ, especially one of the external sex organs.

genitals gen·i·tals (jěn’ĭ-tlz)
The organs of reproduction in animals, especially the external sex organs.

The organs involved in reproduction. (See reproductive systems.)


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