hymen

1 of 2

noun (1)

hy·​men ˈhī-mən How to pronounce hymen (audio)
: a fold of mucous membrane partly closing the orifice of the vagina
hymenal adjective

Hymen

2 of 2

noun (2)

: the Greek god of marriage

Examples of hymen in a Sentence

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Noun
Notwithstanding the distance into the uterus, the path is blocked by the hymen. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 6 June 2012 Tough question — the hymen befuddles evolutionary biologists to this day. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2014 As well as the myths propagated around the hymen, tightness too has been associated with virginity since time immemorial. Sophia Smith Galer, refinery29.com, 13 Apr. 2022 And Bonus says that report suggests that Sharon was still a virgin—the doctor wrote that her hymen was intact. CBS News, 21 May 2022

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Late Latin, from Greek hymēn membrane

Noun (2)

Latin, from Greek Hymēn

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1538, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1567, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hymen was in 1538

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“Hymen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hymen. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

hymen

noun
hy·​men ˈhī-mən How to pronounce hymen (audio)
: a fold of mucous membrane partly closing the opening of the vagina
hymenal adjective

Medical Definition

hymen

noun
hy·​men ˈhī-mən How to pronounce hymen (audio)
: a fold of mucous membrane partly or wholly closing the orifice of the vagina
hymenal adjective

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