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the small, elongated, erectile body in the female, situated at the anterior angle of the rima pudendi. See also vulva.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
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.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
clitoris(klĭt′ər-ĭs, klĭ-tôr′ĭs, klī′tər-ĭs)
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.
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clitorisA small, sensitive, nerve-dense knob of anteriorly placed tissue, located between the labia on the upper part of the vagina.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
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.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
clitorisThe 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.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
clitorisa 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.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005