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labia minora

[ley-bee-uh mi-nawr-uh, -nohr-uh]
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plural noun, singular la·bi·um mi·nus [ley-bee-uh m mahy-nuh s] /ˈleɪ bi əm ˈmaɪ nəs/. Anatomy.
  1. the inner folds of skin of the external female genitalia.

Origin of labia minora

1830–40; < New Latin: lesser lips
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British Dictionary definitions for labia minora

labia minora

pl n
  1. the two small inner folds of skin in human females forming the margins of the vaginal orifice

Word Origin

C18: New Latin: smaller lips
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Word Origin and History for labia minora


inner folds of skin around the vulva, 1781, Modern Latin, literally "lesser lips" (see labia). The singular is labium minus.

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labia minora in Medicine

labia minora

  1. The two thin inner folds of skin within the vestibule of the vagina enclosed within the cleft of the labia majora.
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