tears of the perineum

tears of the perineum

[ters]
Etymology: ME, teren + Gk, perineos
a rending of the tissues between the vulva and anus caused by overstretching of the vagina during child delivery. The degree of damage ranges from a tear of the superficial tissues without injury to the surrounding muscle to a rupture of the perineal skin, vaginal and rectal mucosa, and anal sphincter. The damage is usually repaired by surgery.