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Oral

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Oral \O"ral\, adjective [L. os, oris, the mouth, akin to Skr. [=a]s. Cf. {Adore}, {Orison}, {Usher}.]

1. Uttered by the mouth, or in words; spoken, not written; verbal; as, oral traditions; oral testimony; oral law.

2. Of or pertaining to the mouth; surrounding or lining the mouth; as, the oral cavity; oral cilia or cirri.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

oral

adjective

1: using speech rather than writing; "an oral tradition"; "an oral agreement" [syn: {oral}, {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}, {anal retentive}]

noun

1: an examination conducted by spoken communication [syn: {oral}, {oral exam}, {oral examination}, {viva voce}, {viva}]


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