labium

[ley-bee-uh m]
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noun, plural la·bi·a [ley-bee-uh] /ˈleɪ bi ə/.
  1. a lip or liplike part.
  2. Anatomy.
    1. a lip or lip-shaped structure or part.
    2. any of the folds of skin bordering the vulva.
  3. Botany. the lower lip of a bilabiate corolla.
  4. 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
Related formspseu·do·la·bi·um, noun, plural pseu·do·la·bi·a.
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labium

noun plural -bia (-bɪə)
  1. a lip or liplike structure
  2. any one of the four lip-shaped folds of the female vulvaSee labia majora, labia minora
  3. the fused pair of appendages forming the lower lip of insects
  4. the lower lip of the corolla of labiate flowers

Word Origin for labium

C16: New Latin, from Latin: lip
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Word Origin and History for labium
n.

1590s, plural labia, from Latin labium "lip" (see lip (n.)).

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labium in Medicine

labium

[lābē-əm]
n. pl la•bi•a (-bē-ə)
  1. A lip or lip-shaped anatomical structure.
  2. Any of four folds of tissue of the female external genitalia.
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labium in Science

labium

[lābē-əm]
Plural labia
  1. Either of two pairs of folds of tissue that make up part of the external genitalia of female mammals.
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