1. [ adjective ] using speech rather than writing
Synonyms: unwritten

"an oral tradition" "an oral agreement

Related terms: spoken
2. [ adjective ] (psychoanalysis) 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
Related terms: anal psychoanalysis
3. [ adjective ] (anatomy) 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"

Related terms: aboral anatomy buccal buccal
4. [ adjective ] of or relating to or affecting or for use in the mouth

"oral hygiene" "an oral thermometer" "an oral vaccine"

Related terms: mouth
5. [ noun ] (education) an examination conducted by word of mouth
Synonyms: oral_examination viva_voce viva oral_exam
Related terms: examination
Similar spelling:   orally