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1. Spoken rather than written.
2. Of or relating to the mouth: oral surgery.
3. Used in or taken through the mouth: an oral thermometer; an oral vaccine.
4. Consisting of or using speech: oral instruction.
5. Linguistics Articulated through the mouth only, with the nasal passages closed.
6. Psychology Of or relating to the first stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory, from birth to about 18 months, during which the mouth is the chief focus of exploration and pleasure. The oral stage is followed by the anal stage.
n. often orals
An academic examination in which questions and answers are spoken rather than written.

[Late Latin ōrālis, from Latin ōs, ōr-, mouth; see ōs- in Indo-European roots.]

o′ral·ly adv.


 (ôr′əl) or U·ralsk (yo͝o-rălsk′, o͞o-rälsk′)
A city of northwest Kazakhstan on the Ural River south-southeast of Samara, Russia. Founded by Cossacks c. 1622, it is a processing and manufacturing center.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.orally - (of drugs) through the mouth rather than through injection; by_mouth; "he was administered the drug orally"
drug - a substance that is used as a medicine or narcotic
2.orally - by spoken rather than written means; "these stories were transmitted by word of mouth"
gennem munden
munnlega; til inntöku


[ˈɔːrəlɪ] ADV
1. (= verbally) → verbalmente, oralmente
2. (Med) → por vía oral


[ˈɔːrəli] adv
(= in words) → oralement
(= by mouth) [take, give] → par voie oraleoral sex nsexe m oral


oral; to take a medicine orallyeine Medizin oral einnehmen
(= verbally)mündlich


[ˈɔːrəlɪ] advoralmente; (take medicine) → per via orale


(ˈoːrəl) adjective
1. spoken, not written. an oral examination.
2. of or by the mouth. oral hygiene; an oral contraceptive.
a spoken examination. He passed the written exam, but failed his oral.
ˈorally adverb
medicine to be taken orally.
References in classic literature ?
Between the mother, with her fast-perishing lumber of superstitions, folk-lore, dialect, and orally transmitted ballads, and the daughter, with her trained National teachings and Standard knowledge under an infinitely Revised Code, there was a gap of two hundred years as ordinarily understood.
"You think to escape," he said, in the deadly, expressionless monotone of his kind--the only possible result of orally expressing reason uninfluenced by sentiment.
The art of orally persuading fools that white is the color that it appears to be.
This is invented for me, and delivered to me orally by Mr.
"I have been most anxious to see you, that I might repeat orally the thanks writing can so ill express."
Any discussion submitted, either orally or in writing, may consist of a rather general treatment, dealing briefly with several topics; or it may be a fuller treatment of a single topic.
The relative absorption (~ 65%, fasting conditions), and subsequent excretion (3.9%) and retention (61%) of orally dosed [sup.206]Pb tracer in the vehicle group are in general agreement with the ranges observed in previous studies in monkeys (31,32).
* It has become increasingly clear that the once-widespread impression that NAC is not orally bioavailable is incorrect.
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