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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Both chlamydia and gonorrhea are assumed to be associated only with penile or vaginal discharge, but this STI often presents with nonspecific symptoms like urinary frequency, burning with urination or feeling of incomplete urination. Dr. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 27 Oct. 2022 Then came an ultrasound, during which the physician's assistant plunged a wand inside my vaginal canal, poking around to take a look at my ovaries. Alaina Demopoulos, Allure, 20 Oct. 2022 In an analysis for KHN, the Center for Improving Value in Health Care found that the share of uncomplicated vaginal deliveries that had an emergency department charge embedded in their bills more than doubled in Colorado from 2016 to 2020. Rae Ellen Bichell, Fortune, 12 Oct. 2022 Semen was discovered on vaginal swabs from both women, as well as on their clothes. Lane Sainty, The Arizona Republic, 3 Oct. 2022 Pelvic inflammatory disease Cramping that’s accompanied by a fever or abnormal vaginal discharge could signal a pelvic infection or pelvic inflammatory disease, according to Dr. Cron. Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, 25 Sep. 2022 Numerous patients have experienced injuries, including vaginal burns, scarring and ongoing pain, the Food and Drug Administration has warned. Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2022 The Malay female care treatment has also been known to support the firmness of the vaginal muscles. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 Candida albicans causes oral thrush and vaginal yeast infections, and can also infect the blood, heart and other internal organs. Dominique Mosbergen, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2022 See More

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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 29 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

vaginal 1 of 2


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


: a vaginal anatomical part (as a muscle)

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