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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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 That makes IUDs more effective than birth control methods like internal and external condoms, the birth control pill, the patch, the vaginal ring, and the shot. Korin Miller, SELF, "When Is It OK to Get Your IUD Removed?," 12 Mar. 2019 Since the Pill first debuted in the 1960s, dozens more birth control options for women have been developed, including the patch, the implant, the shot, the vaginal ring, and five IUDs. Danielle Friedman, Glamour, "Why Male Birth Control Should Exist, According to These Four Men," 20 Aug. 2018 Estradiol has been around for decades, but the price of the various creams, vaginal rings and tablets that contain the drug has climbed steadily in recent years, according to an analysis by the consumer website GoodRx. Katie Thomas, New York Times, "Prices Keep Rising for Drugs Treating Painful Sex in Women," 3 June 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 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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