vag·​i·​nal ˈva-jə-nᵊl How to pronounce vaginal (audio)
: of, relating to, or affecting the genital vagina
: of or relating to a theca
vaginally adverb

Examples of vaginal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An example Bates provides is chorioamnionitis–an infection often originating from the cervical and vaginal area. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 15 Apr. 2024 Then, there's the peri bottle, which is a huge deal, especially after vaginal birth. Deanna Pai, Allure, 13 Apr. 2024 For the final theatrical version, the sequence includes a three-second close-up shot of the vaginal birth, which was originally about 13 seconds long before compromises were made in the editing room after several back-and-forths with the Motion Picture Association. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2024 Hormonal birth control: Pills, patches, or vaginal rings can alleviate painful periods. Anna Almendrala, Health, 30 Mar. 2024 This can be especially encouraging for people who experience vaginal dryness as a side effect of menopause or other medical conditions. Jamie Ballard, Allure, 28 Mar. 2024 In fact, many people experience some form of vaginal bleeding, especially in the early weeks of their pregnancies. Krissi Danielsson, Parents, 28 Mar. 2024 There are five cancer types considered gynecologic: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2024 Das recommends women get physical therapy soon after vaginal childbirth. Linda Carroll, NBC News, 9 Mar. 2024

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Word History


borrowed from New Latin vaginalis, from vagina "sheath, vagina" + Latin -ālis -al entry 1

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of vaginal was in 1653

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Cite this Entry

“Vaginal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
ˈvaj-ən-ᵊl, sometimes və-ˈjī-nᵊl
: of, relating to, or resembling a vagina : thecal
a vaginal synovial membrane surrounding a tendon
: of, relating to, or affecting the genital vagina
vaginal discharge
vaginal infection
: occurring through the birth canal
a vaginal delivery
a vaginal birth
vaginally adverb


2 of 2 noun
: a vaginal anatomical part (as a muscle)

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