noun (1)
hy·​men | \ ˈhī-mən \

Definition of hymen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


noun (2)

Definition of Hymen (Entry 2 of 2)

: the Greek god of marriage

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Noun (1)

hymenal \ ˈhī-​mə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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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 Basically, all hymens are different, yet they're often used as a marker of virginity. Brittney Mcnamara, Allure, "Don't Believe This Common Myth About Your Hymen," 14 Sep. 2017 Some girls feel discomfort when the hymen stretches or tears, which can cause a little bleeding. Seventeen.com Editors, Seventeen, "Your Most Embarrassing Sex Questions — Answered," 13 Oct. 2017 No one besides you, not a hymen or another person, can 'take your virginity away'. Brittney Mcnamara, Allure, "Don't Believe This Common Myth About Your Hymen," 14 Sep. 2017 NBD, because your hymen is just a part of your body. Kim Tranell, Seventeen, "10 Things No One Tells You About Losing Your Virginity," 31 July 2017 That was months after President Ashraf Ghani had promised rights activists that forensic virginity tests — an invasive examination to check whether the hymen is intact — would be abolished as an official procedure. Zahra Nader And Mujib Mashal, New York Times, "Despite Ban, Invasive Virginity Tests Remain Prevalent in Afghanistan," 6 Jan. 2017 Insert this artificial hymen into your vagina carefully. Charlie Sorrel, WIRED, "Artificial Virginity Hymen. Yes, It Exists," 6 Oct. 2009 Not all women are born with hymens, and for those who are, the hymen can vary a lot in thickness. Zoe Ruderman, Cosmopolitan, "22 Vital Facts You Need to Know About Your Vagina," 19 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of hymen

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


hy·​men | \ ˈhī-mən \

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 \ adjective

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