vulva

[ vuhl-vuh ]
/ ˈvʌl və /

noun, plural vul·vae [vuhl-vee] /ˈvʌl vi/, vul·vas. Anatomy.

the external female genitalia.

Origin of vulva

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1540–50

Related forms

vul·val, vul·var, adjectivevul·vi·form [vuhl-vuh-fawrm] /ˈvʌl vəˌfɔrm/, vul·vate [vuhl-veyt, -vit] /ˈvʌl veɪt, -vɪt/, adjectivenon·vul·val, adjectivenon·vul·var, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vulva

vulva

/ (ˈvʌlvə) /

noun plural -vae (-viː) or -vas

the external genitals of human females, including the labia, mons veneris, clitoris, and the vaginal orifice

Derived Forms

vulval, vulvar or vulvate (ˈvʌlveɪt), adjectivevulviform (ˈvʌlvɪˌfɔːm), adjective

Word Origin for vulva

C16: from Latin: covering, womb, matrix
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Medicine definitions for vulva

vulva

[ vŭlvə ]

n. pl. vul•vae (-vē)

The external genital organs of the female, including the labia majora, labia minora, clitoris, and vestibule of the vagina.

Related forms

vulval null adj.
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Science definitions for vulva

vulva

[ vŭlvə ]

Plural vulvas vulvae (vŭlvē′)

The external genitals of female mammals, including the labia and clitoris.

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Culture definitions for vulva

vulva

[ (vul-vuh) ]

The external organs of the female reproductive system.


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