labia minora

[ ley-bee-uh mi-nawr-uh, -nohr-uh ]
/ ˈleɪ bi ə mɪˈnɔr ə, -ˈnoʊr ə /

plural noun, singular la·bi·um mi·nus [ley-bee-uh m mahy-nuh s] /ˈleɪ bi əm ˈmaɪ nəs/. Anatomy.

the inner folds of skin of the external female genitalia.

Nearby words

  1. labellum,
  2. labetalol,
  3. labetalol hydrochloride,
  4. labia,
  5. labia majora,
  6. labia oris,
  7. labial,
  8. labial artery,
  9. labial hernia,
  10. labial splint

Origin of labia minora

1830–40; < New Latin: lesser lips

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British Dictionary definitions for labia minora

labia minora

/ (mɪˈnɔːrə) /

pl n

the two small inner folds of skin in human females forming the margins of the vaginal orifice

Word Origin for labia minora

C18: New Latin: smaller lips

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Word Origin and History for labia minora

labia minora

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for labia minora

labia minora

[ mə-nôrə ]

pl.n.

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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