hymen

noun (1)
hy·​men | \ ˈhī-mən How to pronounce hymen (audio) \

Definition of hymen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a fold of mucous membrane partly closing the orifice of the vagina

Hymen

noun (2)

Definition of Hymen (Entry 2 of 2)

: the Greek god of marriage

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Other Words from hymen

Noun (1)

hymenal \ ˈhī-​mə-​nᵊl How to pronounce Hymen (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hymen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The name Hymenocallis is from the Greek word hymen, which means membrane, and callos, which means beauty. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, 9 Aug. 2020 The hymen, a thin fold of mucous membrane around the vaginal opening, has long been thought of as a sign of purity. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, Glamour, 4 Aug. 2020 While a very small number of people are born with a hymen that's completely closed up, most people have a small opening in their hymen already to allow things like menstrual blood through. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, 6 Nov. 2019 Some feel discomfort when the hymen stretches or tears, which can cause a little bleeding. Seventeen.com Editors, Seventeen, 15 Jan. 2020 For centuries, the state of a girl’s or woman’s hymen has been used, unscientifically, to determine virginity. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, 30 Oct. 2019 The former governor also said the girl could not have been raped because her hymen was intact. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, 23 Dec. 2019 In this op-ed, Teen Vogue's identity editor Brittney McNamara explains why T.I.'s daughter being subjected to hymen checks is a violation of her privacy, and an enforcement of outdated patriarchal standards that exist to control women. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, 6 Nov. 2019 Not all virgins have hymens, Vesalius later wrote in a groundbreaking book about human anatomy (which included one of the first relatively correct anatomical descriptions of the hymen). Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of hymen

Noun (1)

1538, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1567, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hymen

Noun (1)

Late Latin, from Greek hymēn membrane

Noun (2)

Latin, from Greek Hymēn

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“Hymen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hymen. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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hymen

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hymen

: a fold of tissue that partly covers the opening of the vagina

hymen

noun
hy·​men | \ ˈhī-mən How to pronounce hymen (audio) \

Medical Definition of hymen

: a fold of mucous membrane partly or wholly closing the orifice of the vagina

Other Words from hymen

hymenal \ -​mən-​ᵊl How to pronounce hymen (audio) \ adjective

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