- the area in front of the anus extending to the fourchette of the vulva in the female and to the scrotum in the male.
- the diamond-shaped area corresponding to the outlet of the pelvis, containing the anus and vulva or the roots of the penis.
Origin of perineum
Examples from the Web for perineum
Historical Examples of perineum
If the perineum has not been previously shaved, this is now done.A Manual of the Operations of Surgery
This we do to protect the perineum, in order to prevent laceration.Hints to Husbands
There is a passage, also, almost more interesting with regard to prophylaxis of rupture of the perineum.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
This condition is indicated by frequent twitchings of the ejaculatory and compressor muscles in the perineum.Plain Facts for Old and Young
John Harvey Kellogg
Interference with the rectal functions often follows tedious cases of labor where the child's head remains long in the perineum.
- the region of the body between the anus and the genital organs, including some of the underlying structures
- the nearly diamond-shaped surface of the human trunk between the thighs
Word Origin for perineum
"region of the body between the anus and the genital organs" (jocularly called a taint), early 15c., from Medieval Latin perinaeon, Late Latin perineum, from Greek perinaion, perinaios, from peri- "near" (see peri-) + inan "to carry off by evacuation," of unknown origin.
- The portion of the body in the pelvis occupied by urogenital passages and the rectum, bounded in front by the pubic arch, in the back by the coccyx, and laterally by part of the hipbone.
- The region between the scrotum and the anus in males, and between the posterior vulva junction and the anus in females.
- The region between the scrotum and the anus in males, and between the posterior vulva and the anus in females.