vulva

noun vul·va \ ˈvəl-və \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of vulva

plural vulvae play \ˈvəl-ˌvē, -ˌvī\
: the external parts of the female genital organs

vulval

play \ˈvəl-vəl\ or vulvar play \ˈvəl-vər, -ˌvär\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of 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


VULVA Defined for English Language Learners

vulva

noun

Definition of vulva for English Language Learners

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


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vulva

noun vul·va \ ˈvəl-və \

medical Definition of vulva

plural vulvae play \-ˌvē, -ˌvī\
: 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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