vagina

[ vuh-jahy-nuh ]
/ vəˈdʒaɪ nə /

noun, plural va·gi·nas, va·gi·nae [vuh-jahy-nee] /vəˈdʒaɪ ni/.

Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. the passage leading from the uterus to the vulva in certain female mammals.Compare oviduct.
  2. 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

vagina

/ (vəˈdʒaɪnə) /

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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Medicine definitions for vaginae

vagina

[ və-jīnə ]

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

vagina

[ və-jīnə ]

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

vagina

[ (vuh-jeye-nuh) ]

A tubelike passageway in the female that connects the external genitals with the uterus.

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