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 hymenal (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hymen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "T.I. Taking His Daughter for Hymen Tests Is a Violation of Her Privacy," 6 Nov. 2019 Some feel discomfort when the hymen stretches or tears, which can cause a little bleeding. Seventeen.com Editors, Seventeen, "The Answer to Your 15 Most Embarrassing Sex Questions," 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, "Virginity Testing: A Global Crisis," 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, "The FBI is asking questions about former Gov. Matt Bevin's pardons," 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explains why T.I.'s daughter being subjected to hymen checks is a violation of her privacy, and an enforcement of outdated patriarchal standards that exist to control women.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, "T.I. Taking His Daughter for Hymen Tests Is a Violation of Her Privacy," 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, "A Test With No Answer," 30 Oct. 2019 Everyone’s hymen is different, whether intact or not. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "14 Things No One Tells You About Losing Your Virginity," 22 Aug. 2018 Olson said what's actually happening is that your hymen stretches when you are penetrated. Brittney Mcnamara, Allure, "Don't Believe This Common Myth About Your Hymen," 14 Sep. 2017

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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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The first known use of hymen was in 1538

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20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hymen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hymen. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for hymen

hymen

noun
How to pronounce Hymen (audio)

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 hymenal (audio) \ adjective

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