Membrane, vaginal

Membrane, vaginal
A thin membrane which completely or partially occludes the vaginal opening. This fold of mucous membrane is usually present at birth at the orifice of the vagina. It is also called the hymen, a Greek word meaning "skin" or "membrane." The ancient Greeks applied the word "hymen" to all kinds of membranes including, for example, the membrane that surrounds the heart (the pericardium). Starting in the 1500s the word was restricted to refer only to the vaginal membrane.

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  • Vaginal — Vag i*nal, a. [Cf. F. vaginal.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to a vagina; resembling a vagina, or sheath; thecal; as, a vaginal synovial membrane; the vaginal process of the temporal bone. [1913 Webster] 2. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vaginal — vaginal, ale (va ji nal, na l ) adj.    Terme d anatomie. 1°   Qui est en forme de gaîne.    Apophyse vaginale, lame saillante qui embrasse la base de l apophyse styloïde de l os temporal.    Tunique vaginale, membrane séreuse qui enveloppe le… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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  • VAGINAL — ALE. adj. T. d Anat. Qui a rapport au vagin. Membrane vaginale. Ligaments vaginaux …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)


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