[ ley-bee-uh ]
/ ˈleɪ bi ə /


plural of labium.

Definition for labia (2 of 2)

[ ley-bee-uh m ]
/ ˈleɪ bi əm /

noun, plural la·bi·a [ley-bee-uh] /ˈleɪ bi ə/.

a lip or liplike part.
  1. a lip or lip-shaped structure or part.
  2. any of the folds of skin bordering the vulva.
Botany. the lower lip of a bilabiate corolla.
Entomology. the posterior, unpaired member of the mouthparts of an insect, formed by the united second maxillae.

Origin of labium

1590–1600; < Latin: lip, akin to lambere to lick, lap3. See labrum1, lip


pseu·do·la·bi·um, noun, plural pseu·do·la·bi·a. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for labia (1 of 2)

/ (ˈleɪbɪə) /


the plural of labium

British Dictionary definitions for labia (2 of 2)

/ (ˈleɪbɪəm) /

noun plural -bia (-bɪə)

a lip or liplike structure
any one of the four lip-shaped folds of the female vulvaSee labia majora, labia minora
the fused pair of appendages forming the lower lip of insects
the lower lip of the corolla of labiate flowers

Word Origin for labium

C16: New Latin, from Latin: lip
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Medical definitions for labia

[ lābē-əm ]

n. pl la•bi•a (-bē-ə)

A lip or lip-shaped anatomical structure.
Any of four folds of tissue of the female external genitalia.
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Scientific definitions for labia

[ lābē-əm ]

Plural labia

Either of two pairs of folds of tissue that make up part of the external genitalia of female mammals.
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