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pudendum

[ 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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British Dictionary definitions for pudendum

pudendum
/ (pjuːˈdɛndəm) /

noun plural -da (-də)
(often plural) the human external genital organs collectively, esp of a female

Derived forms of pudendum

pudendal 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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