Definitions for vulvaˈvʌl və

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vul•vaˈvʌl və(n.)(pl.)-vae; -vas.

  1. the external female genitalia.

    Category: Anatomy

Origin of vulva:

1540–50; < L

vul′vi•form`-vəˌfɔrm; -veɪt, -vɪt(adj.)vul′vate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vulva(noun)

    external parts of the female genitalia

Wiktionary

  1. vulva(Noun)

    The external female sexual organs, collectively.

  2. Origin: From vulva, earlier volva, probably from volvare. Akin to Sanskrit .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vulva(noun)

    the external parts of the female genital organs; sometimes, the opening between the projecting parts of the external organs

  2. Vulva(noun)

    the orifice of the oviduct of an insect or other invertebrate

Freebase

  1. Vulva

    The vulva consists of the external genital organs of the female mammal. This article deals with the vulva of the human being, although the structures are similar for other mammals. The vulva has many major and minor anatomical structures, including the labia majora, mons pubis, labia minora, clitoris, bulb of vestibule, vulval vestibule, greater and lesser vestibular glands, and the opening of the vagina. Its development occurs during several phases, chiefly during the fetal and pubertal periods of time. As the outer portal of the human uterus or womb, it protects its opening by a "double door": the labia majora and the labia minora. The vagina is a self-cleaning organ, sustaining healthy microbial flora that flow from the inside out; the vulva needs only simple washing to assure good vulvovaginal health, without recourse to any internal cleansing. The vulva has a sexual function; these external organs are richly innervated and provide pleasure when properly stimulated. In various branches of art, the vulva has been depicted as the organ that has the power both to "give life", and to give sexual pleasure to humankind.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Vulva

    The external genitalia of the female. It includes the CLITORIS, the labia, the vestibule, and its glands.

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