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[vaj-uh-niz-muh s] /ˌvædʒ əˈnɪz məs/
noun, Pathology
a painful spasm of the vagina.
1865-70; < New Latin; see vagina, -ism Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for vaginismus


/ˌvædʒɪˈnɪzməs; -ˈnɪsməs/
painful spasm of the vagina
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

vaginismus vag·i·nis·mus (vāj'ə-nĭz'məs)
A usually prolonged and painful contraction or spasm of the vagina.

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Encyclopedia Article for vaginismus

involuntary muscle spasm that closes the opening to the vagina in the female reproductive tract. The spasm may be so intense that the vagina seems pathologically obstructed. Vaginismus is a sexual dysfunction resulting from physiological factors, such as sexual trauma, abuse, or anxiety experienced at the prospect of sexual intercourse. Vaginismus can totally prevent coitus or make it extremely painful, a condition known as dyspareunia. Treatment includes counseling and exercises to improve voluntary control of the vaginal muscles.

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