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 vaginal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of vaginal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nine women applied the antibodies via a vaginal film every day for a week. Sara Harrison, Wired, 30 Aug. 2021 Two of my health care providers disagree on whether vaginal Estrace is or is not linked with GERD. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 28 Aug. 2021 Then a vaginal steaming, which uses toning and anti-inflammatory herbs to help the uterus heal. Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2021 Unlike menstrual cups, which use suction to sit in the vaginal canal, discs use gravity to sit at the the base of the cervix, Shepherd explains. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2021 Many triathlons hold the swimming leg of the race in bays, rivers, lakes, and oceans rather than swimming pools, and competing in these bodies of water may actually be less harmful to vaginal health than swimming in a pool. Elizabeth Gulino,, 3 Aug. 2021 That actress, her lips pumped and stretched till her face looks raw and vaginal. Rebecca Makkai, Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 The parents said their son, now also diagnosed with cerebral palsy, lost oxygen while in the womb and doctors allowed for a prolonged vaginal birth rather than opting for a C-section. Phil Davis,, 17 Aug. 2021 The ‘cesarean learner’ was now empowered to seek a vaginal birth the next time around. New York Times, 21 July 2021

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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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“Vaginal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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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 vaginal (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of vaginal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a vaginal anatomical part (as a muscle)

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