[vaj-uh-niz-muh s]

noun Pathology.

a painful spasm of the vagina.

Origin of vaginismus

From New Latin, dating back to 1865–70; see origin at vagina, -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vaginismus

Contemporary Examples of vaginismus

  • While the suggestions Danielle's doctor offered proved futile, her vaginismus went away after she stopped breastfeeding.

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    The Female Sex-Pain Mystery

    Elizabeth Svoboda

    March 27, 2010

British Dictionary definitions for vaginismus



painful spasm of the vagina

Word Origin for vaginismus

C19: from New Latin, from vagina + -ismus; see -ism
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for vaginismus

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

vaginismus in Medicine




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