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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]

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see Oral

English

Pronunciation

Adjective

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

Translations

Noun

  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

German

Adjective

oral
  1. Relating to the mouth.

Portuguese

Adjective

  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
Other:

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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