vaginismus

[ vaj-uh-niz-muh s ]
/ ˌvædʒ əˈnɪz məs /
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noun Pathology.

a painful spasm of the vagina.

Nearby words

  1. vaginal opening,
  2. vaginalitis,
  3. vaginally,
  4. vaginate,
  5. vaginectomy,
  6. vaginitis,
  7. vaginitis emphysematosa,
  8. vagino-,
  9. vaginocele,
  10. vaginodynia

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

vaginismus

/ (ˌvædʒɪˈnɪzməs, -ˈnɪsməs) /

noun

painful spasm of the vagina

Word Origin for vaginismus

C19: from New Latin, from vagina + -ismus; see -ism

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Word Origin and History for vaginismus

vaginismus

n.

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

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Medicine definitions for vaginismus

vaginismus

[ văj′ə-nĭzməs ]

n.

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

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