AskDefine | Define oral

Dictionary Definition

oral adj
1 using speech rather than writing; "an oral tradition"; "an oral agreement" [syn: unwritten]
2 of or relating to or affecting or for use in the mouth; "oral hygiene"; "an oral thermometer"; "an oral vaccine"
3 of or involving the mouth or mouth region or the surface on which the mouth is located; "the oral cavity"; "the oral mucous membrane"; "the oral surface of a starfish" [ant: aboral]
4 a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated in the mouth; fixation at this stage is said to result in dependence, selfishness, and aggression [ant: anal] n : an examination conducted by word of mouth [syn: oral exam, oral examination, viva voce, viva]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Oral




  1. Relating to the mouth.
  2. Spoken rather than written.
    An oral presentation



  1. Short for an oral test or oral exam, particularly in a language class.
  2. Short for a physical oral examination or oral exam.
  3. Short for oral sex.

See also



  1. Relating to the mouth.



  1. oral

Extensive Definition

The word oral may refer to:
As an adjective:
  • the mouth.
  • speech communication as opposed to writing.
  • oral schools use oralism to teach the deaf.
  • oral stage, Sigmund Freud's name for a child's development during the first 0 to 18 months of life, in which an infant's pleasure centers are in the mouth.
  • oral sex

See also

oral in German: Oral
oral in French: Oral
oral in Dutch: Oraal
oral in Polish: Oral
oral in Swedish: Oral

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