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[pyoo-den-duh m]
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noun, plural pu·den·da [pyoo-den-duh] /pyuˈdɛn də/. Usually pudenda. Anatomy.
  1. the external genital organs, especially those of the female; vulva.
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Origin of pudendum

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin, special use of neuter of Latin pudendus, gerundive of pudēre to be ashamed
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Historical Examples

  • The men, at least, have no feeling of shame in connection with the pudenda.


    William Graham Sumner

  • In order that I might feast my eyes on her pudenda she must not wear drawers.

  • This suggestion is borne out by the figures of women with the pudenda exposed and often exaggerated in size.

  • The form of it resembled the pudenda of a man and woman lovingly joined in one.

  • If a woman gives birth to pudenda, the royal dynasty will be changed.

British Dictionary definitions for pudenda


noun plural -da (-də)
  1. (often plural) the human external genital organs collectively, esp of a female
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Derived Formspudendal or pudic (ˈpjuːdɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin, from Latin pudenda the shameful (parts), from pudēre to be ashamed
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Word Origin and History for pudenda



"external genitals," late 14c. (pudenda), from Latin pudendum (plural pudenda), literally "thing to be ashamed of," neuter gerundive of pudere "make ashamed; be ashamed," from PIE root *(s)peud- "to punish, repulse." Translated into Old English as scamlim ("shame-limb"); in Middle English also anglicized as pudende (early 15c.). Related: Pudendal.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pudenda in Medicine


n. pl. pu•den•da (-də)
  1. The human external genitalia, especially of a woman.
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Related formspu•dendal (-dĕndəl) adj.
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