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

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 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 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 Erroneous beliefs around vaginal tightness also contribute to the second virginity test that exists, other than a hymen examination — the ‘laxity’ test, or ‘two-finger’ test. Sophia Smith Galer, refinery29.com, 11 Apr. 2022 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 As well as the myths propagated around the hymen, tightness too has been associated with virginity since time immemorial. Sophia Smith Galer, refinery29.com, 11 Apr. 2022 The Indonesian army has ended a controversial practice of virginity tests, where doctors check the hymen of female recruits to try to determine their virginity. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 13 Aug. 2021 The name Hymenocallis is from the Greek word hymen, which means membrane, and callos, which means beauty. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, 9 Aug. 2020 See More

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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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12 Jul 2022

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“Hymen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hymen. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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