AskDefine | Define orally

Dictionary Definition

orally adv
1 (of drugs) through the mouth rather than through injection; "he was administered the drug orally" [syn: by mouth]
2 by spoken rather than written means; "these stories were transmitted by word of mouth" [syn: by word of mouth]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. By mouth.
    This medicine is taken orally. Swallowing a pill sure beats getting a shot every day.
  2. Spoken as opposed to written.
    I took the make up test orally because my arm is still in a cast.


*Finnish: suun kautta

Extensive Definition

The word oral may refer to:
As an adjective:
  • the mouth.
  • speech communication as opposed to writing.
  • oral schools use oralism to teach the deaf.
  • oral stage, Sigmund Freud's name for a child's development during the first 0 to 18 months of life, in which an infant's pleasure centers are in the mouth.
  • oral sex

See also

orally in German: Oral
orally in French: Oral
orally in Dutch: Oraal
orally in Polish: Oral
orally in Swedish: Oral
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