vag·​i·​nal | \ ˈva-jə-nᵊl How to pronounce vaginal (audio) \

Definition of vaginal

1 : of, relating to, or affecting the genital vagina
2 : of or relating to a theca

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Other Words from vaginal

vaginally \ ˈva-​jə-​nᵊl-​ē How to pronounce vaginally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of vaginal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s no evidence that vaginal delivery is safer than a C-section (or vice versa) for parents-to-be with low platelet count, says Dr. Zuckerwise. Joni Sweet, SELF, "What to Know About Dealing With Chronic ITP in Pregnancy," 18 Sep. 2020 In fact, research shows that vaginal atrophy tends to worsen over time without treatment. Marygrace Taylor, Woman's Day, "QUIZ: How Much Do You Really Know About Menopause?," 8 Sep. 2020 But for most women, vaginal penetration alone may not be sufficient to ring the orgasm bell. Dr. Nan Wise, Glamour, "How to Have an Orgasm, According to a Neuroscientist," 16 Aug. 2020 Signs of bacterial vaginosis often mimic other vaginal conditions, such as a yeast infection. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Penis microbes may contribute to a common yet serious vaginal infection, study finds," 4 Aug. 2020 Vaginoplasty patients must use a dilator to maintain the vaginal cavity’s depth and width, which places stress on the surgical site, says Dr. Kim. Karen Pallarito,, "Transgender Surgery: Everything You Need to Know, According to Doctors," 3 Aug. 2020 Then, more tests: blood analysis and vaginal ultrasounds that help doctors look at the ovaries to see how the woman’s body responds to the medications and when the eggs are ready. Popular Science, "Most Americans can’t afford fertility treatments anymore—so they’re going abroad," 24 Aug. 2020 Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) is generally performed on patients with cervical or vaginal problems or when abnormal cells are found during a Pap test, according to John Hopkins Medicine. Gabrielle Chung,, "Jamie Otis Says Doctors Found 'High Risk, Abnormal Tissues' in Her Body After Pregnancy: 'I Have HPV'," 12 Aug. 2020 It’s not uncommon to deal with vaginal and vulvar inflammation in general for a whole bevy of reasons. Isadora Baum, SELF, "8 Reasons Your Vulva or Vagina Might Get All Swollen," 5 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of vaginal

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for vaginal

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

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The first known use of vaginal was in 1653

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21 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vaginal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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va·​gi·​nal | \ ˈvaj-ən-ᵊl, sometimes və-ˈjī-nᵊl \

Medical Definition of vaginal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or resembling a vagina : thecal a vaginal synovial membrane surrounding a tendon
2a : of, relating to, or affecting the genital vagina vaginal discharge vaginal infection
b : occurring through the birth canal a vaginal delivery a vaginal birth

Other Words from vaginal

vaginally \ -​ē How to pronounce vaginally (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of vaginal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a vaginal anatomical part (as a muscle)

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