WORD ORIGIN noun, plural va·gi·nas, va·gi·nae . [v uh- jahy-nee] /vəˈdʒaɪ ni/ . Anatomy, Zoology the passage leading from the uterus to the vulva in certain female mammals. Compare oviduct. a sheathlike part or organ. . Botany the sheath formed by the basal part of certain leaves where they embrace the stem. Origin of vagina 1675–85; < New Latin; Latin vāgīna sheath
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British Dictionary definitions for vaginae noun plural -nas or -nae ( -niː) the moist canal in most female mammals, including humans, that extends from the cervix of the uterus to an external opening between the labia minora anatomy biology any sheath or sheathlike structure, such as a leaf base that encloses a stem Derived Forms vaginal, adjective Word Origin for vagina
C17: from Latin: sheath
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Word Origin and History for vaginae n.
1680s, from Latin
vagina "sheath, scabbard" (plural vaginae), from PIE *wag-ina- (cf. Lithuanian voziu "ro cover with a hollow thing"), from root *wag- "to break, split, bite." Probably the ancient notion is of a sheath made from a split piece of wood (see sheath). A modern medical word; the Latin word was not used in an anatomical sense in classical times. Anthropological vagina dentata is attested from 1908.
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Medicine definitions for vaginae n. pl. va•gi•nas The genital canal in the female, leading from the opening of the vulva to the cervix of the uterus. A sheathlike anatomical structure.
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Science definitions for vaginae The tube-shaped part of the reproductive tract in female mammals that is connected to the uterus at one end and opens to the outside of the body on the other end. The fully developed fetus passes through the vagina during birth.
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Culture definitions for vaginae
A tubelike passageway in the female that connects the external
genitals with the uterus.
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