labia minora

plural noun
la·​bia mi·​no·​ra | \ ˈlā-bē-ə-mə-ˈnȯr-ə How to pronounce labia minora (audio) \

Definition of labia minora

: the inner highly vascular largely connective-tissue folds of the vulva bounding the vestibule

Examples of labia minora in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The truth is, the labia majora (outer lips) and labia minora (inner lips) look different on all types of bodies. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, Glamour, "25 Amazing Vagina Facts All Women Should Know," 4 Aug. 2020 Labiaplasty typically is performed on the labia minora. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s the Only Time You Actually Need Labiaplasty," 30 Mar. 2020 The procedure involves removing some of the labia minora. Brianna Holt, Quartzy, "Why do women keep looking for ways to optimize their vaginas?," 8 Nov. 2019 The change in shape is also due to the surge in blood — the labia majora may retract, and their retraction can cause the labia minora to appear larger or even show for the first time. Kristi Kellogg, Glamour, "Your Vagina After Birth: 10 Things to Expect," 29 Apr. 2019 Most practitioners treat the labia majora, or the external lips of the vulva; many people request lightening the labia minora, or inner lips, as well, though this is not recommended and many practitioners will not do it. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "The dangerous rise of vaginal lightening," 6 Dec. 2018 The labia majora are the outer lips that grow hair, and the labia minora are tucked inside those, putting them closer to all the greatness that is your clitoris, urethra, and vaginal opening. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s the Only Time You Actually Need Labia Surgery," 17 Dec. 2017 Some vulva owners are born with labia minoras that extend past the labia majora, making activities such as walking very uncomfortable and painful. Arielle Egozi, Teen Vogue, "Instagram @Look_At_This_Pussy Aims to Break Down Shame Using Fake Pussies," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of labia minora

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for labia minora

New Latin, literally, smaller lips

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“Labia minora.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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labia minora

noun plural
labia mi·​no·​ra | \ -mə-ˈnōr-ə, -ˈnȯr- How to pronounce labia minora (audio) \

Medical Definition of labia minora

: the inner highly vascular largely connective-tissue folds of the vulva bounding the vestibule

called also nymphae

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