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Genital \Gen"i*tal\, a. [L. genitalis, fr. genere, gignere, to beget: cf. F. g['e]nital. See Gender.] Pertaining to generation, or to the generative organs; as, genital herpes.

Genital cord (Anat.), a cord developed in the fetus by the union of portions of the Wolffian and M["u]llerian ducts and giving rise to parts of the urogenital passages in both sexes.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


a. 1 of, or relating to biological reproduction 2 of, or relating to the genitalia 3 (context psychoanalysis English) of, or relating to psychosexual development during puberty n. (rare) the genitalia


adj. of or relating to the external sex organs; "genital herpes"; "venereal disease" [syn: venereal]


Usage examples of "genital".

There are eminent physicians who swear that it is no more effective than strong tea, and there are those who swear that it is effective in treating anemia, cachexia, scrofula, gastrointestinal catarrh, and malfunctions of the lungs, kidneys, liver, heart, and genital organs.

I visualized the fantasies of contented paedophiliacs, hiring the deformed bodies of children injured in crashes, assuaging and irrigating their wounds with their own scarred genital organs, of elderly pederasts easing their tongues into the simulated anuses of colostomized juveniles.

The genital organs are alternate and placed upon the outer edges of each segment.

When there is great weakness, seminal discharges may be induced by lifting heavy weights, pressure upon the genital organs, horseback riding, straining at stool, or even upon urinating, as observed when muscular efforts are made to expel the last drops, which appear thick and viscid.

Again, the habit of self-pollution weakens all the structures of the genital organs, and induces seminal waste, which may lead to a morbid diminution in the size of the prostate gland.

The genital organs, especially the penis and testicles, diminish in size, as the disease progresses, lose their energy, and the glands of the penis become cold and flaccid.

It is beneficial to apply a towel saturated with cold water to the genital organs fifteen minutes before leaving the bed.

Douching, or showering the genital organs with cold water once or twice a day will also be beneficial.

Horseback riding, climbing, and all exercises which rub, chafe, or excite the genital organs, should be avoided.

And it is easy to account for the manner of action of this pathogenetic cause, if we consider how probable it is that the ejaculation and contact of the sperm with the uterine neck, constitutes, for the woman, the crisis of the genital function, by appeasing the venereal orgasm and calming the voluptuous emotions under the action of which the entire economy is convulsed.

For Freud, the omega point, the end of development, was genital organization and integrated ego: all stages and all roads lead to that Rome.

On the other hand, some of the lower African races have been distinguished by the deficiency in development of the labia majora, mons veneris, and genital hair.

For clearly such tribal practices as cannibalism, torture, and female genital mutilation antedate modern times.

Herr Professor Luitpold Blumenduft tendered medical evidence to the effect that the instantaneous fracture of the cervical vertebrae and consequent scission of the spinal cord would, according to the best approved tradition of medical science, be calculated to inevitably produce in the human subject a violent ganglionic stimulus of the nerve centres of the genital apparatus, thereby causing the elastic pores of the corpora cavernosa to rapidly dilate in such a way as to instantaneously facilitate the flow of blood to that part of the human anatomy known as the penis or male organ resulting in the phenomenon which has been denominated by the faculty a morbid upwards and outwards philoprogenitive erection in articulo mortis per diminutionem capitis.

By the way, while over a million Americans are HIV positive or have AIDS, 12 million more get other sexual diseases every year, including herpes, genital warts, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and others.