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[vaj-uh-niz-muh s]
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noun Pathology.
  1. a painful spasm of the vagina.
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Origin of vaginismus

From New Latin, dating back to 1865–70; see origin at vagina, -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for vaginismus


  1. painful spasm of the vagina
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from vagina + -ismus; see -ism
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Word Origin and History for vaginismus


1866, Modern Latin, from vagina + -ismus (see -ism).

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vaginismus in Medicine


  1. A usually prolonged and painful contraction or spasm of the vagina.
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