oral oral  /ˈɔ rəl/


  1. (n) an examination conducted by spoken communication
  2. (adj) using speech rather than writing
  3. (adj) of or relating to or affecting or for use in the mouth
  4. (adj) of or involving the mouth or mouth region or the surface on which the mouth is located
  5. (adj) 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



  1. According to the Guttmacher Institute, one-third of surveyed teenagers 15 to 17 had had oral sex, and most of those were not virgins.
  2. Five male students, all varsity hockey players, were caught receiving oral sex from a 15-year-old female student in the school locker room.
  3. From our friends at the C-SPAN Video Library, this clip of Sonia Sotomayor in action last December 9, in oral argument.


  1. Analysis of the North American Oral Solid Drug Dosage Excipients Market

    NEW YORK, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Analysis of the North American Oral Solid Drug Dosage Excipients Market ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Short course of oral steroids can help chronic sinusitis

    DEAR DOCTOR K: I have chronic sinusitis and nasal polyps. My specialist suggested trying oral corticosteroids. What do you think?
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Muscatine Journal

  3. Medimpex United Inc. Offers New Oral Drug Test Product Under Oral Screen Brand

    The Oral Screen brand of Medimpex is synonymous to high-quality products that guarantee reliable results for greater peace of mind. Its current mainly new product, the 3 Panel Oral Fluid Drug Screening Device is essentially a saliva based drug testing kit. This 3-piece device provides a rapid test that only requires 10 minutes to administer and 99% protected from the adulteration. [PR.com]
    on June 11, 2013     Source: PR.com


  1. Sears said that represented a "seismic shift in the legislature's view of the gravity of oral sex between two willing participants."
    on Oct 27, 2007 By: Leah Ward Sears Source: Seattle Times

  2. (In a statement, Graham called "a great friend in ministry. I loved him as a brother:I look forward to the day that I will see Oral and Evelyn Roberts again in Heaven-our eternal home."
    on Dec 15, 2009 By: Billy Graham Source: Newsweek

  3. "What I am picking up from the oral arguments is that this court should willy-nilly disregard the will of the people," said Kennard, who just 10 months ago voted that prohibiting same-sex marriages violated the civil rights of gays. "The...
    on Feb 3, 2009 By: Joyce Kennard Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer

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