[ pyoo-den-duhm ]
/ pyuˈdɛn dəm /
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noun, plural pu·den·da [pyoo-den-duh]. /pyuˈdɛn də/.
Usually pudenda .Anatomy. the external genital organs, especially the female vulva.
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Origin of pudendum
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Late Latin, special use of neuter of Latin pudendus, gerundive of pudēre “to be ashamed”
usage note for pudendum
When pudendum first appeared in English in the 14th century, the term applied to male or female genitalia. But over time the term was used almost exclusively to mean female external sex organs. Some now find the term objectionable, as it is derived from the Latin verb “to be ashamed,” and therefore can project a negative image of human, and specifically female, sexuality. As a result, in 2019 it was announced that pudendum would be dropped from the next edition of the official international lexicon of anatomical terms Terminologia Anatomica. This likely means that use of the term, especially in scientific and medical contexts, will no longer be acceptable.
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How to use pudendum in a sentence
The malo is bound around the loins, after having passed between the legs, to cover the pudenda.Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands|Charles Nordhoff
Men, though they may denude themselves completely when bathing, always conceal their pudenda from one another's gaze.The Manbos of Mindano|John M. Garvan
Romam cuncta undique atrocia aut pudenda confluunt celebranturque—All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome.
If a woman gives birth to pudenda, the royal dynasty will be changed.
This suggestion is borne out by the figures of women with the pudenda exposed and often exaggerated in size.The Witch-cult in Western Europe|Margaret Alice Murray
British Dictionary definitions for pudendum
/ (pjuːˈdɛndəm) /
noun plural -da (-də)
(often plural) the human external genital organs collectively, esp of a female
Derived forms of pudendumpudendal or pudic (ˈpjuːdɪk), adjective
Word Origin for pudendum
C17: from Late Latin, from Latin pudenda the shameful (parts), from pudēre to be ashamed
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