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perineum

 [per″ĭ-ne´um]
the pelvic floor and associated structures occupying the pelvic outlet, bounded anteriorly by the pubic symphysis, laterally by the ischial tuberosities, and posteriorly by the coccyx. During childbirth the perineum may be torn, resulting in possible damage to the urinary meatus and anal sphincter. To avoid a perineal tear, the obstetrician often cuts the perineum just before delivery and sutures the incision after delivery of the infant and the placenta. This procedure is called an episiotomy. Surgical repair of an episiotomy or of a torn or lacerated perineum is called perineorrhaphy.

per·i·ne·um

, pl.

per·i·ne·a

(per'i-nē'ŭm, -nē'ă), [TA]
1. Surface area between the thighs extending from the coccyx to the pubis that includes the anus posteriorly and the external genitalia anteriorly.
2. The compartment inferior to the pelvic diaphragm bounded peripherally by the osseofibrous structures comprising the pelvic outlet the surface of which is sense 1.
3. External surface of the central tendon of the perineum, lying between the vulva and the anus in the female and the scrotum and the anus in the male.
[L. fr. G. perineon, perinaion]

perineum

(pĕr′ə-nē′əm)
n. pl. peri·nea (-nē′ə)
1. The portion of the body in the pelvis occupied by urogenital passages and the rectum, bounded in front by the pubic arch, in the back by the coccyx, and laterally by part of the hipbone.
2. The region between the scrotum and the anus in males, and between the posterior vulva junction and the anus in females.

per′i·ne′al (-nē′əl) adj.

perineum

The mucocutaneous tissue between the posterior scrotum or vagina and the anal sphincter.

per·i·ne·um

(per'i-nē'ŭm, -ă) [TA]
1. The area between the thighs extending from the coccyx to the pubis and lying below the pelvic diaphragm.
2. The external surface of the central tendon of the perineum, lying between the vulva and the anus in the female and the scrotum and the anus in the male.
[L. fr. G. perineon, perinaion]

perineum

(per?i-ne'um) [Gr. perinaion]
1. The structures occupying the pelvic outlet and constituting the pelvic floor.
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2. The external region between the vulva and anus in a female or between the scrotum and anus in a male. It is made up of skin, muscle, and fasciae. The muscles of the perineum are the anterior portion of the intact levator ani muscle and the transverse perineal muscle. See: illustration; perineal body

perineum

That part of the floor of the PELVIS that lies between the tops of the thighs. In the male, the perineum lies between the anus and the scrotum. In the female, it includes the external genitalia.

Perineum

The area between the opening of the vagina and the anus in a woman, or the area between the scrotum and the anus in a man.