oral

The word oral means having to do with the mouth or speaking. When you give an oral report in school, you stand in front of the class and talk.

Use the adjective oral to describe something that's spoken aloud, like an oral exam or an oral history passed between generations through bedtime stories. Oral is also good for referring to other things you do with your mouth — your dentist may drive you crazy talking about "oral hygiene," or keeping your teeth clean. The roots of the word oral go back to the Latin word for "mouth," which is os.

Definitions of oral
1

adj using speech rather than writing

“an oral tradition”
“an oral agreement”
Synonyms:
unwritten
spoken
uttered through the medium of speech or characterized by speech; sometimes used in combination

adj of or relating to or affecting or for use in the mouth

oral hygiene”
“an oral thermometer”
“an oral vaccine”

adj 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”
Synonyms:
buccal
oriented toward the inside of the cheek
buccal
lying within the mouth
Antonyms:
aboral
opposite to or away from the mouth

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

Antonyms:
anal, anal retentive
a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated on the anal region; fixation at this stage is said to result in orderliness, meanness, stubbornness, compulsiveness, etc.

n an examination conducted by spoken communication

Synonyms:
oral exam, oral examination, viva, viva voce
Type of:
exam, examination, test
a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge

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