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painful spasm of the vagina due to involuntary contraction of the vaginal musculature, usually severe enough to prevent intercourse; the cause may be organic or psychogenic.
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Painful spasm of the vagina preventing intercourse.
Synonym(s): vaginism, vulvismus
[vagina + L. -ismus, action, condition]
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