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variant of vagino- before a vowel: vaginectomy.
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WORDS THAT USE VAGIN-

What does vagin- mean?

Vagin– is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “vagina.” The vagina is the passage leading from the uterus to the vulva. It is often used in medical terms, especially in pathology.

Vagin– comes from Latin vāgīna, meaning “sheath.” Find out how the flavor vanilla also derives from vāgīna at our entry for the word. The equivalent combining form from Greek is colpo-, from kolpos, meaning “womb.” Learn more at our Words That Use article on colpo-.

What are variants of vagin-?

Vagin– is a variant of vagino, which loses its –o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use article about vagino-.

Examples of vagin-

An example of a word you may have encountered that features vagin– is vaginitis, also called colpitis, “inflammation of the vagina.”

We know vagin– means “vagina,” and the itis portion of the word refers to “inflammation of an organ,” from Greek –ītis. Vaginitis literally means “vagina inflammation.”

What are some words that use the combining form vagin-?

What are some other forms that vagin– may be commonly confused with?

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The combining form ectomy means “excision.” With this in mind, what kind of medical procedure is a vaginectomy?

How to use vagin- in a sentence

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