hymen

noun hy·men \ ˈhī-mən \

Definition of hymen

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

hymenal

play \ˈhī-mə-nᵊl\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of hymen

Late Latin, from Greek hymēn membrane


Hymen

noun

Definition of Hymen

:the Greek god of marriage

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Origin and Etymology of hymen

Latin, from Greek Hymēn

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HYMEN Defined for English Language Learners

hymen

noun

Definition of hymen for English Language Learners

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


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hymen

noun hy·men \ ˈhī-mən \

medical Definition of hymen

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

hymenal

play \-mən-ᵊl\ adjective

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