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[pyoo-den-duh m] /pyuˈdɛn dəm/
noun, plural pudenda
[pyoo-den-duh] /pyuˈdɛn də/ (Show IPA),
Usually, pudenda, Anatomy.
the external genital organs, especially those of the female; vulva.
Origin of pudendum
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin, special use of neuter of Latin pudendus, gerundive of pudēre to be ashamed Unabridged
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noun (pl) -da (-də)
(often pl) the human external genital organs collectively, esp of a female
Derived Forms
pudendal, pudic (ˈpjuːdɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin, from Latin pudenda the shameful (parts), from pudēre to be ashamed
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Word Origin and History for pudendum

"external genitals," late 14c. (pudenda), from Latin pudendum (plural pudenda), literally "thing to be ashamed of," neuter gerundive of pudere "make ashamed; be ashamed," from PIE root *(s)peud- "to punish, repulse." Translated into Old English as scamlim ("shame-limb"); in Middle English also anglicized as pudende (early 15c.). Related: Pudendal.

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pudendum in Medicine

pudendum pu·den·dum (pyōō-děn'dəm)
n. pl. pu·den·da (-də)
The human external genitalia, especially of a woman.

pu·den'dal (-děn'dəl) adj.
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