vaginismus

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noun vag·i·nis·mus \ˌva-jə-ˈniz-məs\

Definition of vaginismus

  1. :  a painful spasmodic contraction of the vagina

Origin and Etymology of vaginismus

vagina + New Latin -ismus, suffix in names of ailments caused by involuntary muscle control (such as strabismus, trismus) — more at -ism


First Known Use: 1866


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vaginismus

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noun vag·i·nis·mus \ˌvaj-ə-ˈniz-məs\

Medical Definition of vaginismus

  1. :  a painful spasmodic contraction of the vagina


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