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the external genital organs in the female. Two pairs of skin folds protect the vaginal opening, one on each side. The larger outer folds are the labia majora and the more delicate inner folds are the labia minora. In a virgin, a thin membrane called the hymen usually partially covers the opening of the vagina; it is normally well perforated and permits the menstrual flow, and when it is not a minor surgical procedure may be necessary. The upper or forward ends of the labia minora join around the clitoris, a small projection that is composed of erectile tissue like the male penis and has erotic functions. The opening of the urethra, which empties urine from the bladder, lies between the clitoris and the vagina. See also female reproductive organs. adj., adj vul´val, vul´var.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


, pl.


(vŭl'vă), [TA]
[NA] The external genitalia of the female, composed of the mons pubis, the labia majora and minora, the clitoris, the vestibule of the vagina and its glands, and the opening of the urethra and of the vagina.
Synonym(s): cunnus, trema (2)
[L. a wrapper or covering, seed covering, womb, fr. volvo, to roll]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


n. pl. vul·vas also vul·vae (-vē)
The external genitals of the female, including the labia majora, labia minora, clitoris, and vestibule of the vagina.

vul′val, vul′var (-vər, -vär′)(-vāt′, -vĭt), vul′vate′ (-vāt′, -vĭt) adj.
vul′vi·form′ (-və-fôrm′) adj.
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The outer surface of the female genitalia, which develops embryologically  from the genital tubercle and urogenital folds. Its vascularity is supplied by the internal pudendal artery and the internal pudendal veins, and it is innervated by the pudendal nerve.

Labia majora and minora, mons pubis, clitoris, bulb of vestibule, vulval vestibule, greater and lesser vestibular glands, and the opening of the vagina.
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Change of life, climacteric, 'time of life'  Gynecology The cessation of menstrual activity due to failure to form ovarian follicles, which normally occurs age 45–50 Clinical Menstrual irregularity, vasomotor instability, 'hot flashes', irritability or psychosis, ↑ weight, painful breasts, dyspareunia, ↑/↓ libido, atrophy of urogenital epithelium and skin, ASHD, MI, strokes and osteoporosis–which can be lessened by HRT. See Estrogen replacement therapy, Hot flashes, Male menopause, Premature ovarian failure, Premature menopause. Cf Menarche.
Menopause–”…what a drag it is getting old.” Jagger, Richards
Bladder Cystourethritis, frequency/urgency, stress incontinence
Breasts ↓ Size, softer consistency, sagging
Cardiovascular Angina, ASHD, CAD
Endocrine Hot flashes
Mucocutaneous Atrophy, dryness, pruritus, facial hirsutism, dry mouth
Neurologic Psychological, sleep disturbances
Pelvic floor Uterovaginal prolapse
Skeleton  Osteoporosis, fractures, low back pain
Vagina Bloody discharge, dyspareunia, vaginitis
Vocal cords Deepened voice
Vulva  Atrophy, dystrophy, pruritus
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


, pl. vulvae (vŭl'vă, -vē) [TA]
The external genitalia of the female, composed of the mons pubis, the labia majora and minora, the clitoris, the vestibule of the vagina and its glands, and the opening of the urethra and of the vagina.
[L. a wrapper or covering, seed covering, womb, fr. volvo, to roll]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


(vul'va) (vul've?, 'vi?) plural.vulvae [L. vulva, covering]
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VULVA: Inferior view of the perineum
That portion of the female external genitalia lying posterior to the mons veneris, consisting of the labia majora, labia minora, clitoris, vestibule of the vagina, vaginal opening, Bartholin's glands. See: illustrationvulvalvulvar (vul'val) (vul'var), adjective

vulva connivens

Vulvar agglutination.

vulva hians

Vulva in which the labia majora are gaping.
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The female external genitalia, comprising the mons pubis, the two pairs of LABIA, the area between the labia minora, and the entrance to the VAGINA.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005


the external genitalia of the female mammal, surrounding the external opening of the VAGINA, and consisting of mons pubis, labia majora, labia minora, CLITORIS, vestibule and vestibular glands.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005


Pendum; the external female genitalia including the mons pubis, labia majora and minor, clitoris, vestibule, glands, and the vaginal opening.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The first softly grained photographic image features three fingers spreading a vulva, labia majora and minora illuminated in blue light (see p.
The study found that women who had initially viewed the modified vulvas identified the modified images in the second screening as more normal than the non-modified vulvas.
I lathered up and heard my mother announce, "Make sure to get in the folds of your vulva with the soap." It felt good and I got a tingle from touching myself in front of all the other women.
At an installation called The Fitting Room, which parodied vaginal cosmetic alterations, participants were invited to "try on" a new, cosmetically altered vulva. As shown in the accompanying photo, the attendee participated by sitting on a stool and holding up a photograph of a "new" vulva, and thereby allowing her to admire her altered self in a nearby mirror.
En todos estos nuevos hallazgos se trata de manchas, trazos y puntos no figurativos, salvo el caso de una posible vulva realizada en un hoyo "ovalado" natural, existente en el mismo gran panel de caballos y unos trazos negros cortos que acompanan a un reborde rocoso natural y que pueden quiza representar un bovido.
While the continued projection of idealized vulvas pressures women to hate their genitals, the battle for a new reflection has begun.
By hearing their vulvas described as "robust," "juicy," "supple," and even "beautiful," symptomatic women had the opportunity to reimagine their genitalia through uncontaminated vulvar morphologies.
The new discovery, uncovered at a site called Abri Castanet in France, consists mainly of circular carvings most likely meant to represent the vulva.
What is most remarkable is that a feminist zine devoted--and I mean devoted--to acknowledging the power of the vulva and vagina has never existed before.