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hymen

 [hi´men]
the membranous fold partly or completely closing the vaginal orifice. adj., adj hy´menal.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

hymen

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

hy′men·al adj.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

hymen

A mucosal membrane which partially blocks the vaginal introitus (opening), the integrity of which is regarded as a sign of female virginity.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

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]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

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.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

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.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

Hymen

A membrane that partially or completely covers the vaginal opening.
Mentioned in: Amenorrhea, Vulvodynia
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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This time, 38% of them incorrectly identified the hymen, 21% incorrectly identified the labia majora, 17% incorrectly identified the labia minora, 28% incorrectly identified the urethra, and 6% incorrectly identified the clitoris (Child Maltreat.
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Women afraid of terrible consequences for shaming the family with "unchaste behaviour" are often ready to pay large sums of money for the operation to have their hymen surgically repaired.
Modern science also has developed medical procedures such as hymenoplasty which restores the hymen using a membrane with no blood supply.
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BEIRUT: No, there is no test that can determine when your hymen broke; yes, cracking your fingers regularly can lead to joint damage; no medicine actually cures the flu; and yes, you can have a drink or two on antibiotics.
Rekonstruksjon av jomfruhinner [Reconstruction of hymens.] (in Norwegian) Tidsskrift for Den norske Laegeforening 2002; 122(23):2317.
Summary: From new noses to luscious lips modern technology means anything can be bought, and now a Chinese-made "hymen" aims to give women back their virginity, which MPs in Egypt have slammed as a
Nobody is seriously suggesting that the hymens be taken and transplanted from their jewellery box-like presentations.
However, patients with intact hymens pose a slight problem, but it is usually not insurmountable.
Some hymens - that's the name for the membrane - break naturally before the first intercourse so it is not an absolute guarantee of virginity.
As a foreign intelligence service, the Stasi made few penetrations outside West Germany (where the term was disconcertingly literal--the Stasi specialized in so-called Romeo traps, sending handsome young spies to charm government secretaries out of not only their hymens but the documents they typed at work).