per·​i·​ne·​um | \ ˌper-ə-ˈnē-əm How to pronounce perineum (audio) \
plural perinea\ ˌper-​ə-​ˈnē-​ə How to pronounce perineum (audio) \

Definition of perineum

: an area between the thighs that marks the approximate lower boundary of the pelvis and is occupied by the urinary and genital ducts and rectum also : the area between the anus and the posterior part of the external genitalia

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perineal \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈnē-​əl How to pronounce perineum (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web One company, called Morari, showed off a prototype of a perineum patch that is supposed to help those who struggle with premature ejaculation. Lauren Goode, Wired, "Sex-Tech Companies Are Having More Fun Than the Rest of Us at CES," 8 Jan. 2020 Less common were other threats; physical abuse, including refusing anesthesia for an episiotomy (a cut to the perineum to aid with delivery); or sharing private information without women’s consent., "a new survey of 2,700 US women published in June," 14 Sep. 2019 Innovative firms such as EVB Sport are producing active wear specifically to support women’s perineum, pelvic floor and core muscles. The Economist, "For women, running is still an act of defiance," 28 June 2019 The doctor asked for permission to cut my perineum. Ellen Bass, The New Yorker, "Because," 17 June 2019 The infection that has been linked to these medications is called necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum, or Fournier’s gangrene, and the FDA is now requiring that a warning be added to the prescribing information of these pills about this risk. Korin Miller, SELF, "The FDA Warns That Certain Type 2 Diabetes Meds Have Been Linked to a Rare Genital Infection," 30 Aug. 2018 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the painless disease causes progressive ulcerative lesions on the genitals or perineum, which are prone to heavy bleeding. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "'Flesh-eating' STD allegedly reported in England," 22 Aug. 2018 The results provide some reassurance that cycling doesn't harm the perineum any more than swimming and jogging do, said study author Dr. Benjamin Breyer, a urologic surgeon at the University of California, San Francisco. Maureen Salamon,, "Cycling won't sabotage a man's sex life: Study," 19 Jan. 2018 Like so many others, my dreams of cycling glory were popped by a perineum. Nate Dern, Outside Online, "Tricking Your Partner into Liking Outdoor Activities," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of perineum

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perineum

Middle English, from Late Latin perinaion, from Greek, from peri- + inan to empty out; perhaps akin to Sanskrit iṣṇāti he sets in motion

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“Perineum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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variants: also perinaeum \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈnē-​əm How to pronounce perineum (audio) \
plural perinea also perinaea\ -​ˈnē-​ə How to pronounce perineum (audio) \

Medical Definition of perineum

: an area of tissue that marks externally the approximate boundary of the pelvic outlet and gives passage to the urogenital ducts and rectum also : the area between the anus and the posterior part of the external genitalia especially in the female

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