hymen

hymen

[hahy-muhn]
noun Anatomy.
a fold of mucous membrane partly closing the external orifice of the vagina in a virgin.

Origin:
1605–15; < Late Latin hymēn < Greek hymḗn skin, membrane, the virginal membrane

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Hymen

[hahy-muhn]
noun
the ancient Greek god of marriage.
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hymen (ˈhaɪmɛn)
 
n
anatomy a fold of mucous membrane that partly covers the entrance to the vagina and is usually ruptured when sexual intercourse takes place for the first time
 
[C17: from Greek: membrane]
 
'hymenal
 
adj

Hymen (ˈhaɪmɛn)
 
n
the Greek and Roman god of marriage

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hymen
1615, from Fr. hymen (16c.), ult. from Gk. hymen "virginal membrane, thin skin." Originally any membrane; present specific meaning begins with Vesalius, 1550. Hymeneal "wedding hymn" is 1717, from L. hymenaeus, from Gk. hymenaios "belonging to wedlock, wedding, wedding song," from Hymen, Gk. god of marriage,
represented as a youth carrying a torch and a veil.
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hymen hy·men (hī'mən)
n.
A membranous fold of tissue that partly or completely occludes the external vaginal orifice.


hy'men·al adj.
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hymen   (hī'mən)  Pronunciation Key 
A mucous membrane that partly closes the opening of the vagina.
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Hymen [(heye-muhn)]

The Greek god of the wedding feast.

hymen [(heye-muhn)]

A thin fold of mucous membrane that covers all or part of the entrance to the vagina.

Note: An apparently intact hymen is valued in some cultures as proof of virginity in a bride; this “proof,” however, is not accurate. The hymen may appear incomplete in a virgin, and it may appear intact in a woman who has engaged in sexual intercourse.
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