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
perinealplay \ˌper-ə-ˈnē-əl\ adjective
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Prolonged pressure to the perineum, or groin area, can be painful and cause loss of feeling in the area.
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Origin and Etymology of perineum
Middle English, from Late Latin perinaion, from Greek, from peri- + inan to empty out; perhaps akin to Sanskrit iṣṇāti he sets in motion
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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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