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clitoris

 [klit´o-ris]
the small, elongated, erectile body in the female, situated at the anterior angle of the rima pudendi. See also vulva.

clit·o·ris

, pl.

cli·to·ri·des

(klit'ō-ris, -tōr'i-dēz; klī'tō-ris), [TA]
A cylindric, erectile body, rarely exceeding 2 cm in length, situated at the most anterior portion of the vulva and projecting between the branched limbs or laminae of the labia minora, which form its prepuce and frenulum. It consists of a glans, a corpus, and two crura, and is the homologue of the penis in the male, except that it is not perforated by the urethra and does not possess a corpus spongiosum.
[G. kleitoris]

clitoris

/clit·o·ris/ (klit´ah-ris) the small, elongated, erectile body in the female, situated at the anterior angle of the rima pudendi and homologous with the penis in the male.

clitoris

(klĭt′ər-ĭs, klĭ-tôr′ĭs, klī′tər-ĭs)
n.
A small erectile body situated at the anterior portion of the vulva and projecting between the branched extremities of the labia minora forming its prepuce and frenulum.

clit′o·ral (-ər-əl) adj.

clitoris

[klit′əris]
Etymology: Gk, kleitoris
the vaginal erectile structure of the female homologous to the corpora cavernosa of the penis. It consists of two corpora cavernosa within a dense layer of fibrous membrane, joined along their inner surfaces by an incomplete fibrous septum. It is situated beneath the anterior labia commissure, partially hidden between the anterior extremities of the labia minora and partly covered by a prepuce. clitoral, adj.

clitoris

A small, sensitive, nerve-dense knob of anteriorly placed tissue, located between the labia on the upper part of the vagina.

clit·o·ris

, pl. clitorides (klit'ŏr-is, kli-tōr'i-dēz) [TA]
A cylindric, erectile body, rarely exceeding 2 cm in length, situated at the most anterior portion of the vulva and projecting between the branched limbs or laminae of the labia minora, which form its prepuce and frenulum. It consists of a glans, a corpus, and two crura.
[G. kleitoris]

clitoris

The female analogue of the penis. The principle erectile sexual organ in women and the main erogenic centre. It lies under the pubic bone at the front junction of the inner lips (labia minora) and immediately in front of the urethra, to which it is closely applied. The clitoris has a substantial nerve and blood supply. From the Greek kleitoris , little hill.

clitoris

a small, rounded projection on the anterior side of the VULVA in female mammals which is homologous with the PENIS in the male but is smaller and has no urethra. It has an exposed glans of erectile tissue that is richly innervated with sensory endings. During sexual excitement parasympathetic nerve impulses trigger dilation of the arteries serving the clitoris and the increased blood-flow causes swelling. The position of the clitoris usually causes it to be stimulated during sexual intercourse; in humans, if stimulation is sufficiently intense and lengthy, an orgasm will result.

clitoris

the small, elongated, erectile body in the female; it occupies the clitoral fossa in the ventral commissure of the vulva where it is attached to the ischial arch by two crura. It is homologous with the penis in the male.

enlarged clitoris
as seen in masculinized patients.