vaginismus

vaginismus

[vaj-uh-niz-muhs]
noun Pathology.
a painful spasm of the vagina.

Origin:
1865–70; < Neo-Latin; see vagina, -ism

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vaginismus (ˌvædʒɪˈnɪzməs, -ˈnɪsməs)
 
n
painful spasm of the vagina
 
[C19: from New Latin, from vagina + -ismus; see -ism]

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

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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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