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virgin

 [vir´jin]
1. a person who has not had sexual intercourse.
2. a laboratory animal that has been kept free from sexual intercourse.

vir·gin

(vĭr'jin),
1. A person who has never had sexual intercourse.
2. Unused; uncontaminated. Synonym(s): virginal (2)
[L. virgo (virgin-), maiden]

virgin

(vûr′jĭn)
n.
A person who has not experienced sexual intercourse.

vir′gin·al (-jə-nəl) adj.
A sexually naive person

vir·gin

(vĭr'jin)
1. A person who has never had sexual intercourse.
2. Unused; uncontaminated.
Synonym(s): virginal (2) .
[L. virgo (virgin-), maiden]

virgin

A person who has never had sexual intercourse. From the Latin virgo , a maiden, so should, strictly, apply only to a female. The claimed physical sign of virginity, an intact HYMEN, cannot always be relied upon because the part is subject to wide anatomical variations and to trauma. Both the term, and the importance placed on an intact hymen, are residua of a male-dominated past.
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