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hymen

 [hi´men]
the membranous fold partly or completely closing the vaginal orifice. adj., adj hy´menal.

hy·men

(hī'men), [TA]
A thin, membranous fold of highly variable appearance that partly occludes the ostium of the vagina before its rupture (which may occur for a variety of reasons). It is frequently absent (even in virgins), although remnants are commonly present as hymenal caruncula tags.
[G. hymēn, membrane]

hymen

/hy·men/ (hi´men) the membranous fold partially or wholly occluding the external vaginal orifice.hy´menal

hymen

(hī′mən)
n.
A membranous fold of tissue that partly or completely occludes the external vaginal orifice.

hy′men·al adj.

hymen

[hī′mən]
Etymology: Gk, membrane
a fold of mucous membrane, skin, and fibrous tissue that covers the introitus of the vagina. It may be absent; small; thin and pliant; or, rarely, tough and dense, completely occluding the introitus. When the hymen is disrupted, small rounded "tags" of tissue remain. See also carunculae hymenales.

hymen

A mucosal membrane which partially blocks the vaginal introitus (opening), the integrity of which is regarded as a sign of female virginity.

hy·men

(hī'mĕn) [TA]
A thin membranous fold, highly variable in appearance, which partly occludes the ostium of the vagina before its rupture, which may occur for a variety of reasons. It is frequently absent, even in virgins, although remnants are commonly present as hymenal tags (caruncula).
[G. hymēn, membrane]

hymen

The thin, fringe-like ring of skin that partly occludes the lower end of the vagina in the virgin. Hymens vary considerably in thickness and extent and may even be imperforate, requiring a minor operation to allow menstruation. The hymen is usually torn during the first sexual intercourse and this may cause some bleeding. From the Greek Humen , the God of marriage.

hymen

a fold of mucous membrane stretched across the entrance to the vagina in some mammals. There is normally a small opening in it and the hymen is ruptured during the first copulation.

Hymen

A membrane that partially or completely covers the vaginal opening.
Mentioned in: Amenorrhea, Vulvodynia

hymen

the membranous fold partly or completely closing the vaginal orifice usually inconspicuous in domestic animals.

imperforate hymen, persistent hymen
white heifer disease associated commonly with cattle with all-white coats but occurs also in cattle of other colors and sporadically in other species. The heifer comes on heat and may breed but with difficulty and with straining afterwards. On rectal examination there is a distended uterus. The membrane may be rupturable and the animal conceive but there may be other tubular defects and the animals are best discarded.
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Within a minute, the drainage had ceased, and vaginoscopy was performed, revealing remnants of an imperforate hymen just cranial to the external urethral orifice.
Genital hiatus (gh): measures from middle of external urethral meatus anteriorly to the midline of hymen posteriorly.
In order to determine whether or not the hymen of an alleged rape victim had been broken or remained intact, the doctor -- frequently male -- would insert the index and middle fingers inside her vagina.
In some African and Asian cultures, new husbands are expected, shortly after the wedding, to produce bloody sheets or towels to prove their brides were virgins and that they had successfully consummated the marriage by perforating the hymen.
Hymen arises from the paramesonephric ducts and developmental aberrations of which may lead to a condition known as persistent hymen.
They recalled being required to be naked as female medics insert two fingers inside their genitals as proof that their hymens have not been broken.
Stage III: the prolapse is >1 cm below the plane of the hymen, but protrudes no farther than 2 cm less than the total vaginal length
Inclusion criteria included being over the age of 18 years, having the ability to provide informed consent, and where the leading edge of their prolapse was to or beyond the vaginal hymen on pelvic examination, this correlates to Stage 2 or greater pelvic organ prolapse.
Issues such as honour crimes, hymen reconstruction surgery, fake hymens, and virginity tests have all come to the surface and stirred considerable controversy in Jordanian society.
Soon enough, the shame that had beset the bride turned into pride when, after visiting a doctor with her mother-in-law, the report confirmed that she was a virgin and that her hymen exhibited a certain elasticity requiring surgical intervention to be broken.
This transaction was arranged by David Metzger and Nate Hymen.
The test would affect students seeking to enter senior high school as it would require students aged between 16 and 19 to have their hymen examined every year until graduation, the report added.