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

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Typically, human babies not born by cesarean section acquire their mother’s vaginal microbes en route to the outside world. Quanta Magazine, "Should Evolution Treat Our Microbes as Part of Us?," 20 Nov. 2018 In some cases, HPV infection can lead to six types of cancer: cervical, anal, penile, vaginal, vulvar and oropharyngeal (mouth and throat). Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "CDC panel recommends HPV vaccine for men through age 26 and for some older adults," 26 June 2019 The defendant’s muted, vaguely quizzical expression rarely broke during the trial, even as prosecutor Dan Owens elicited graphic testimony of alleged oral, vaginal and anal rape from Winslow’s accusers. Robert Klemko,, "You Never Knew Kellen Winslow Jr.," 13 June 2019 There’s no connection between the rectal canal and the vaginal pouch. Maggie O'neill,, "Can You Get Pregnant From Anal Sex? The Answer Might Surprise You," 12 June 2019 Cervical cancer, which only affects women, is the most common type from HPV, along with throat, anal, vulvar, penile and vaginal cancer. Julie Mazziotta,, "What to Know About HPV, the Sexually Transmitted Disease that Led to Marcia Cross’ Anal Cancer," 7 June 2019 Williamson later had vaginal contact with her, digitally penetrated her and ejaculated in front of her, the girl said, as stated in the documents. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Phoenix man suspected of sexually abusing 12-year-old babysitter," 6 June 2019 More than 53 percent of births cause tearing around the vaginal opening, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Kristi Kellogg, Glamour, "Your Vagina After Birth: 10 Things to Expect," 29 Apr. 2019 Perfumed vaginal sprays and douches can cause this as well. Lily Puckett, Teen Vogue, "7 Reasons Why Your Vagina Is Itchy," 28 Mar. 2019

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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 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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