vag·​i·​no·​sis ˌva-jə-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce vaginosis (audio)
plural vaginoses ˌva-jə-ˈnō-ˌsēz How to pronounce vaginosis (audio)
: a disease or infection of the vagina
specifically : bacterial vaginosis

Examples of vaginosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anything from an infection (like a yeast infection or bacteria vaginosis) to skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or pubic lice could be to blame here, says Leah S. Millheiser, MD, a clinical professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Stanford Medicine. Sarah Bradley, Women's Health, 6 Apr. 2023 Bacterial vaginosis is typically treated with antibiotics, but relapse rates are high. Azeen Ghorayshi, New York Times, 8 Dec. 2022 Unlike a bacterial infection like vaginosis, yeast infections do not make discharge smelly. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, 6 Oct. 2020 If a woman is infected during a pregnancy, vaginosis can cause the baby to be born prematurely or with a low birth weight. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 4 Aug. 2020 Bacterial vaginosis is a common condition triggered by an overgrowth of normal vaginal bacteria. Zoe Ferguson,, 13 July 2017 Currently our lead product is in a Phase II clinical stage to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness in treating bacterial vaginosis. Leah Kodner, Twin Cities, 11 Feb. 2017 Others harbored less healthy species that lead to bacterial vaginosis, inflammation that can increase risk of certain health problems. Washington Post, 1 June 2017 See More

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Word History


vagina + -osis

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vaginosis was in 1982

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“Vaginosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


vag·​i·​no·​sis ˌvaj-ə-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce vaginosis (audio)
plural vaginoses -ˌsēz How to pronounce vaginosis (audio)
: an abnormal or diseased condition of the vagina
specifically : bacterial vaginosis
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