- of reproduction or the sexual organs
- designating or of the third stage of infantile psychosexual development in which interest centers around the genital organs
- designating or of the adult or final stage of psychosexual development in which conflicts have been resolved, libidinal drives regulated, and character structure integrated
Origin of genitalMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin genitalis ; from genitus, past participle of genere, gignere, to beget: see genus
- Of or relating to biological reproduction.
- Of or relating to the genitals.
- Of or relating to the final stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory, beginning in puberty and during which the genitals again become the focus of gratification, and interest develops in romantic and sexual relationships. The genital stage is preceded by the latency period.
Origin of genitalMiddle English, from Latin genit&amacron;lis, from genitus, past participle of gignere, to beget; see gen&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- (rare) the genitalia
OriginSee also: génital