vag·​i·​nal | \ˈva-jə-nᵊl \

Definition of vaginal 

1 : of, relating to, or affecting the genital vagina

2 : of or relating to a theca

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vaginally \ ˈva-​jə-​nᵊl-​ē \ adverb

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Strampel then took her to a private room and performed a breast and vaginal exam himself, with no student present, the motion alleges. NBC News, "MSU dean who was Larry Nassar's boss hit with new sex accusations," 25 Apr. 2018 The most common reason behind a fishy vaginal odor, hands down, is bacterial vaginosis (BV). Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s What Could Be Going On if You Have Fishy Vaginal Odor," 26 June 2018 In a report in The New York Times in April, women said that they had been prodded to get the vaginal mesh implants removed and that a cash advance firm had provided them with financing to do so. Matthew Goldstein, New York Times, "Hedge Funds Look to Profit From Personal-Injury Suits," 25 June 2018 Failure rates for the vaginal mesh have been unacceptably high, Sayet said. Ron Hurtibise,, "Bluetooth-operated bionic sphincter controller close to human trial phase," 9 Apr. 2018 Compared to vaginal delivery, C-sections were associated with a significant reduction in the risk for urinary incontinence and for pelvic organ prolapse, a dangerous weakening of the muscles that hold pelvic organs in place. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Cesarean Delivery Can Pose Long-Term Risks to Mother and Child," 26 Jan. 2018 This suggests that the majority of healthy women experiencing healthy pregnancies are eligible candidates for vaginal births. Mariko Zapf, Good Housekeeping, "I Had A Successful Vaginal Birth After A Cesarean (VBAC)—Here's What You Need To Know," 16 Nov. 2017 In general, though, it's not advised to use any products (including creams, gels, douches, and wipes) on your vaginal region, and that includes talcum powder., "Johnson & Johnson Owes $4.69 Billion In Another Ovarian Cancer Case," 13 July 2018 That’s what happens in vaginal yeast infections, for instance, and also in infections that bloom in the mouth and throat or bloodstream when the immune system breaks down. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of vaginal

1726, 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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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 \ adverb



Medical Definition of vaginal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a vaginal anatomical part (as a muscle)

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