hymen

[ hahy-muh n ]
/ ˈhaɪ mən /

noun Anatomy.

a fold of mucous membrane partly closing the external orifice of the vagina in a virgin.

Origin of hymen

1605–15; < Late Latin hymēn < Greek hymḗn skin, membrane, the virginal membrane

Definition for hymen (2 of 2)

Hymen

[ hahy-muh n ]
/ ˈhaɪ mən /

noun

the ancient Greek god of marriage.
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British Dictionary definitions for hymen (1 of 2)

hymen

/ (ˈhaɪmɛn) /

noun

anatomy a fold of mucous membrane that partly covers the entrance to the vagina and is usually ruptured when sexual intercourse takes place for the first time

Derived Forms

hymenal, adjective

Word Origin for hymen

C17: from Greek: membrane

British Dictionary definitions for hymen (2 of 2)

Hymen

/ (ˈhaɪmɛn) /

noun

the Greek and Roman god of marriage
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Medicine definitions for hymen

hymen

[ hīmən ]

n.

A membranous fold of tissue that partly or completely occludes the external vaginal orifice.

Related forms

hymen•al adj.
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Science definitions for hymen

hymen

[ hīmən ]

A mucous membrane that partly closes the opening of the vagina.
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Culture definitions for hymen (1 of 2)

Hymen

[ (heye-muhn) ]

The Greek god of the wedding feast.

Culture definitions for hymen (2 of 2)

hymen

[ (heye-muhn) ]

A thin fold of mucous membrane that covers all or part of the entrance to the vagina.

Note

An apparently intact hymen is valued in some cultures as proof of virginity in a bride; this “proof,” however, is not accurate. The hymen may appear incomplete in a virgin, and it may appear intact in a woman who has engaged in sexual intercourse.
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