defloration

noun

de·​flo·​ra·​tion ˌde-flə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce defloration (audio)
ˌdē-flȯ-
: rupture of the hymen (as by sexual intercourse)

Word History

Etymology

Middle English defloracioun, from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French defloracion, from Late Latin defloration-, defloratio, from deflorare — see deflower

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of defloration was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near defloration

Cite this Entry

“Defloration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/defloration. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

defloration

noun
de·​flo·​ra·​tion ˌdef-lə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce defloration (audio) ˌdē-flə- How to pronounce defloration (audio)
: rupture of the hymen
deflorate transitive verb
deflorated; deflorating
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