[ pyoo-den-duh m ]
/ pyuˈdɛn dəm /

noun, plural pu·den·da [pyoo-den-duh] /pyuˈdɛn də/. Usually pudenda. Anatomy.

the external genital organs, especially those of the female; vulva.

Nearby words

  1. puddock,
  2. pudency,
  3. pudendal artery,
  4. pudendal canal,
  5. pudendal nerve,
  6. pudeur,
  7. pudge,
  8. pudgy,
  9. pudic,
  10. pudovkin

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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British Dictionary definitions for pudendum


/ (pjuːˈdɛndəm) /

noun plural -da (-də)

(often plural) the human external genital organs collectively, esp of a female
Derived Formspudendal 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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Word Origin and History for pudendum



"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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Medicine definitions for pudendum


[ pyōō-dĕndəm ]

n. pl. pu•den•da (-də)

The human external genitalia, especially of a woman.
Related formspu•dendal (-dĕndəl) adj.

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