Pronunciation: (ôr'ul, ōr'-), [key]
1. uttered by the mouth; spoken: oral testimony.
2. of, using, or transmitted by speech: oral methods of language teaching; oral traditions.
3. of, pertaining to, or involving the mouth: the oral cavity.
4. done, taken, or administered through the mouth: an oral dose of medicine.
5. Phonet.articulated with none of the voice issuing through the nose, as the normal English vowels and the consonants b and
a. of or pertaining to the earliest phase of infantile psychosexual development, lasting from birth to one year of age or longer, during which pleasure is obtained from eating, sucking, and biting.
b. of or pertaining to the sublimation of feelings experienced during the oral stage of childhood: oral anxiety.
c. of or pertaining to gratification by stimulation of the lips or membranes of the mouth, as in sucking, eating, or talking
7. Zool.pertaining to that surface of polyps and marine animals that contains the mouth and tentacles.
an oral examination in a school, college, or university, given esp. to a candidate for an advanced degree.
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