va·gi·na | \və-ˈjī-nə \
plural vaginas also vaginae\və-ˈjī-(ˌ)nē \

Definition of vagina 

1 : a canal in a female mammal that leads from the uterus to the external orifice of the genital canal

2 : a canal that is similar in function or location to the vagina and occurs in various animals other than mammals

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Not all of us have time to just tan our vaginas, Shailene! Sophia Benoit, GQ, "How to Keep Your Relationship Alive with One Text a Day," 16 May 2018 That can alter your vagina’s natural pH, leaving you more vulnerable to an infection. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Habits That Can Get in the Way of Having a Healthy Vagina," 25 May 2018 But why should people with breasts and vaginas be sole holders of the nude torch? Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "How to Take a Dick Pic That Actually Looks Good," 4 Apr. 2018 There were also complaints alleging the doctor was inserting his fingers into patients' vaginas improperly and not in the manner typical to a gynecological exam. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Six Women Are Suing USC for Allegedly Failing to Protect Them From Campus Gynecologist's Sexual Abuse," 22 May 2018 Reducing the vagina’s acidity can allow harmful bacteria to thrive and cause an infection, like bacterial vaginosis, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Ashley Oerman, Cosmopolitan, "15 Ways You’re Using Tampons Wrong," 30 Apr. 2015 When your vagina’s pH balance changes too much, Lactobacillus bacteria may not produce enough of an acid that prevents yeast overgrowth, according to the Mayo Clinic. Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "Is It Safe to Have Sex With a Yeast Infection?," 16 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of vagina

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vagina

borrowed from New Latin, going back to Latin vāgīna "scabbard, sheath," of uncertain origin

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The first known use of vagina was in 1653

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English Language Learners Definition of vagina

: the passage in a woman's or female animal's body that leads from the uterus to the outside of the body


va·gi·na | \və-ˈjī-nə \

Kids Definition of vagina

: a canal that leads from the uterus to the outside of the body


va·gi·na | \və-ˈjī-nə \
plural vaginae\-(ˌ)nē \ or vaginas

Medical Definition of vagina 

: a canal in a female mammal that leads from the uterus to the external orifice opening into the vestibule between the labia minora

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