ora-, or-, orat-; os- +

(Latin: oris, mouth, face; opening, entrance; talk, speak, say)

interosculate (verb), interosculates; interosculated; interosculating
1. To kiss together, to touch.
2. To have the character of, or to lie between, two distinct groups.
3. To form a connecting link, as between objects, genera, etc.
4. Etymology: from Latin osculat-, "kissed"; from the verb osculari, from osculum, "little mouth" or "kiss".
ora, os.

A medical term used in prescriptions.

1. Someone, or something, considered to be a source of knowledge, wisdom, or prophecy.
2. A wise or prophetic statement.
3. In ancient Greece and Rome, a shrine dedicated to a particular god, or goddess, where people went to consult a priest, or priestess, in times of trouble or uncertainty.

One of the most famous was the Delphic Oracle of Apollo.

4. An ancient Greek or Roman deity that a priest, or priestess, would consult for advice on behalf of troubled or uncertain people.
5. A piece of advice, often in the form of a puzzle or an enigmatic statement, handed down by an ancient Greek or Roman deity.
6. A message believed to come from God in response to a request, plea, or petition.
7. The most sacred area in either of the Temples mentioned in the Bible, often referred to as the Holy of Holies.
1. Of, relating to, or being an oracle.
2. Resembling or characteristic of an oracle; such as, solemnly prophetic, enigmatic, or obscure.
3. Holding or claiming the authority of an oracle; such as, he holds forth in an oracular fashion.
1. A reference to the nature of, resembling, or suggesting an oracle: an oracular response.
2. Characterized by giving forth utterances, or decisions, as if by special inspiration or authority.
3. Uttered or delivered as if divinely inspired or infallible; sententious.
1. Toward the mouth or oral region.
2. Situated nearer the mouth in relation to a specific reference point; the opposite of aborad.
oral (adjective) (not comparable)
1. Relating to or belonging to the mouth: The dentist reminded Jill to continue good oral hygiene in order to avoid the possibilities of cavities..
2. Designed for use in the mouth: One oral device is the common toothbrush!
3. Expressed in spoken form as distinct from written form: Each student had to stand up and give an oral report in front of the class.
4. A reference to medicines that are taken by mouth: Dr. Lawson told Jim to gargle and wash his mouth with the oral fluid he wanted to prescribe for him.
5. Referring to vocal articulation through the mouth only: An oral speech sound can be produced by means of an airstream that escapes only through the mouth with the nasal cavity sealed off by the velum.
6. In Freudian analysis, a descriptive stage in child development when erotic pleasure is derived from mouth-associated sensations: Oral enjoyment is obtained especially through feeding, thumb-sucking, and putting objects into the mouth.
7. In Freudian analysis, a description of a dependent, selfish, and aggressive personality type with a tendency to derive pleasure from mouth-related activities: Oral satisfactions can be eating, drinking, smoking, etc.
8. In biology, pertaining to where the mouth is sited: The oral opening of a starfish is located on the underside surface of its body.
9. In education, regarding an examination, or test, that involves candidates giving spoken answers to spoken questions: The final exams included oral tests in addition to those with questions and answers in written form.
oral conversation
A pleonasm or a redundant phrase.
oral dyesthesia (s) (noun), oral dyesthesias (pl)
A burning sensation in one or several parts of the mouth: Mildred's neighbor, Edward, consulted Dr. Carsley, the dentist, about the oral dyesthesia he was experiencing.

Oral dyesthesia occurs more often in the elderly and is generally related to menopausal, psychological, or psychopathological factors.

Identified causes of oral dyesthesia are denture irritation, yeast infection, decreased salivary production, and systemic factors, such as nutritional and estrogen deficiencies, and sensory neuropathies.

Treatment of oral dyesthesias consists of therapy for whatever has caused the condition.

oral history
A collection and study of historical information using sound recording of interviews with people having personal knowledge of past events.
oral surgery
A branch of surgery that treats deformities, injuries, or diseases of the teeth and jaw; as well as, other areas of the face and mouth.

Surgeon doing this work are usually qualified dentists who have done further training in oral and maxillofacial (jaws and face) surgery.

A system of teaching profoundly deaf people to communicate with the use of speech and lip-reading rather than with sign language.
1. Relating to or advocating oralism.
2. A profoundly deaf person who uses speech and lip-reading to communicate, rather than by using sign language.
1. A reference to that which is spoken or verbally communicated.
2. A preference for, or tendency to use, spoken forms of language.
1. By spoken rather than by written procedures.
2. With reference to pharmaceutical drugs, by way of the mouth rather than through injection.
3. Pertaining to the mouth; taken through or applied in the mouth.
Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "talk, speak, speech; words, language; tongue, etc.": cit-; clam-; dic-; fa-; -farious; glosso-; glotto-; lalo-; linguo-; locu-; logo-; loqu-; mythico-; -ology; -phasia; -phemia; phon-; phras-; Quotes: Language,Part 1; Quotes: Language, Part 2; Quotes: Language, Part 3; serm-; tongue; voc-.

A cross reference of other word family units that are related directly, indirectly, or partially with: "opening, hole, cavity, tract, tube": alveolo-; antro-; anu-; celo-; coelio-; concho-; fenestra-; hernio-; hiat-; meato-; parieto-; poro-; pyl-, pyle-; pylor-; sphinctero-; splanchn-; stomato-; syringo-; uretero-; urethro-; vagino-; ventricul-.