vul·​va | \ ˈvəl-və How to pronounce vulva (audio) \
plural vulvae\ ˈvəl-​ˌvē How to pronounce vulva (audio) , -​ˌvī How to pronounce vulva (audio) \

Definition of vulva

: the external parts of the female genital organs

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Other Words from vulva

vulval \ ˈvəl-​vəl How to pronounce vulva (audio) \ or vulvar \ ˈvəl-​vər How to pronounce vulva (audio) , -​ˌvär \ adjective

Examples of vulva in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Using a washcloth, loofah, or gentle scrub, exfoliate the skin on your bikini line and around your vulva. Megan Gustashaw, Glamour, "How to Shave Down There Without Getting Razor Burn," 20 Apr. 2021 Like all other products in the range, this wonder mask is suited for face as well as vulva. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, "Skinmalism: Your Guide To The Biggest Beauty Trend For 2021," 19 Mar. 2021 The other four cancers are anal cancer in men and women, penile cancer in men, and vulva and vaginal cancers in women. Megan Marples, CNN, "What is HPV? What you should know about vaccines, symptoms and cancer risks," 4 Mar. 2021 Would audiences have laughed to see Vicky’s vulva stabbed, smashed, or electrocuted? Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "The Problem With This Kids’ Show Isn’t Just the Giant Penis," 26 Feb. 2021 Think a razor blade to the skin, and of course, the pièce de resistance: lying spread-eagle on a table as a professional pours hot wax on your vulva. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "This Baby Foot Peel Really Does Give You the Softest Feet of Your Life," 28 Dec. 2020 The drop in estrogen causes the vulva and vaginal tissues to become thinner, drier and more easily broken, bruised or irritated. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "It's a myth that women don't want sex as they age, study finds," 28 Sep. 2020 In one scene, Anna (played by Anna Konkle) sits with a blue makeup caboodle between her bare legs, gazing into its mirror at her vulva, while on the phone with Maya (played by Maya Erskine). Molly Longman,, "Pen15 Gets Real About Vagina Shaming," 18 Sep. 2020 Interestingly enough, some of this out-of-nowhere pain could also be due to varicose veins that pop up on your vulva (outer genitalia) during pregnancy, Peter Ahlering, M.D., an ob-gyn at the Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine, tells SELF. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Lightning Crotch, Back Pain, and 6 Other Pregnancy Pains That Are Totally Normal," 14 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of vulva

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vulva

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Latin volva, vulva womb, female genitals; akin to Sanskrit ulva womb and perhaps to Latin volvere to roll — more at voluble

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The first known use of vulva was in the 14th century

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30 Apr 2021

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“Vulva.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vulva

: the parts of the female sexual organs that are on the outside of the body


vul·​va | \ ˈvəl-və How to pronounce vulva (audio) \
plural vulvae\ -​ˌvē How to pronounce vulva (audio) , -​ˌvī How to pronounce vulva (audio) \

Medical Definition of vulva

: the external parts of the female genital organs comprising the mons pubis, labia majora, labia minora, clitoris, vestibule of the vagina, bulb of the vestibule, and Bartholin's glands

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