I. adjective Etymology: Latin or-, os mouth; akin to Old Norse ōss mouth of a river, Sanskrit ās mouth Date: 1628 1. a. uttered by the mouth or in words ; spoken <
oral traditions
b. using speech or the lips especially in teaching the deaf 2. a. of, given through, or involving the mouth <
oral health
an oral vaccine
b. being on or relating to the same surface as the mouth 3. a. of, relating to, or characterized by the first stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory during which libidinal gratification is derived from intake (as of food), by sucking, and later by biting b. of, relating to, or characterized by personality traits of passive dependency and aggressiveness • orality nounorally adverb II. noun Date: 1876 an oral examination — usually used in plural

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