1. The highest point of sexual excitement, characterized by strong feelings of pleasure and marked normally by ejaculation of semen by the male and by involuntary vaginal contractions in the female. Also called climax.
2. A similar point of intensity of emotional excitement.
intr.v. or·gasm·ed (-găz′əmd), or·gasm·ing (-găz′ə-mĭng), or·gasms (-găz′əmz)
To experience an orgasm.
[French orgasme or New Latin orgasmus, both from Greek orgasmos, from orgān, to swell up, be excited.]
or·gasmic (ôr-găzmĭk), or·gastic (-tĭk) adj.
or·gasmi·cal·ly, or·gasti·cal·ly adv.
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