labia majora

[ ley-bee-uh muh-jawr-uh, -johr-uh ]
/ ˈleɪ bi ə məˈdʒɔr ə, -ˈdʒoʊr ə /

plural noun, singular la·bi·um ma·jus [ley-bee-uh m mey-juh s] /ˈleɪ bi əm ˈmeɪ dʒəs/. Anatomy.

the outer folds of skin of the external female genitalia.

Origin of labia majora

1870–75; < New Latin: greater lips Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for labia majora

labia majora

/ (məˈdʒɔːrə) /

pl n

the two elongated outer folds of skin in human females surrounding the vaginal orifice

Word Origin for labia majora

C18: New Latin: greater lips
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Word Origin and History for labia majora

labia majora


the outer fold of skin around the vulva, 1813, Modern Latin, literally "great lips" (see labia). The singular is labium majus.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for labia majora

labia majora

[ mə-jôrə ]


The two outer rounded folds of adipose tissue that lie on either side of the vaginal opening and that form the external lateral boundaries of the vulva.
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