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1. Of or relating to biological reproduction.
2. Of or relating to the genitals.
3. 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.

[Middle English, from Latin genitālis, from genitus, past participle of gignere, to beget; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

gen′i·tal·ly adv.


(Anatomy) from a genital point of view
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year-old Maasai woman from Kenya, would have been genitally circumcised as a child then married off to a 70-year-old man, the Commission on the Status of Women heard at the opening of its sixty-second session.
This is because my emphasis here is on the commonalities between children and teens: the main characters in this film share some of the characteristics that have been associated with preadolescent children (queerness, antiritualistic playfulness, idleness, closet-like protection) as well as being in the very process of going through puberty, experiencing and experimenting for the first time with their genitally mature sexuality; pubescent Alex and Alvaro are, in fact, in their early teenage years (and even earlier adolescent years).
We see it again in The Sun Also Rises with a genitally wounded fisherman, Jake, trying to set his lands in order.
Tashi's story shows the social oppression that led women to get genitally mutilated and the effects of it on women and society as a whole.
Partly, as indicated in the brush-mouthed VULVA passage quoted above, this genitally bioautographic locus is a matter of sound and voice.
Eventually the lies, myths, and denial perpetrated by those at the AAP who practice, promote and profit from genitally mutilating healthy children were too much to bear and he took his own life in May.
According to a UNICEF report, Egypt ranked sixth among countries that practise FGM worldwide, with 85% of genitally mutilated girls and women, aged between 15 and 49 years.
No Beatrice, however, Dimmesdale masochistically submits to Chillingworth's sadistic advances in mutually pleasurable encounters that, while not necessarily genitally engaged, are yet as sexual as the moment of Pearl's conception.
Thirty-five to 40 days after calving the cows were examined clinically and genitally by the same veterinarian.
A circumcision ceremony has been traditionally held as a rite of passage from childhood to womanhood, however, it can be noticed in recent decades that younger and younger girls have been cut; it even happened that a week old baby-girl was genitally mutilated [11].
549) This sex is not always penetrative, genitally directed, or orgasm-centered.