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hymen (general anatomy)

Definition:

a fold of tissue that partly covers the entrance to the vagina of a virgin

Class:

body noun (body parts)

Derivative:

hymenal

Plural:

hymens

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"hymen": from French hymen (16th century), from medical Latin, ... | "Hymen":...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of hymen...

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

hymen | Hymen | hymenal [adjective, derived]

[anatomy] a fold of mucous membrane that partly covers the entrance to the ... | the Greek and Roman god of marriage (21 of 453 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/hymen

New World Dictionary:

hymen | Hymen | hymenal [adjective, related]

the thin mucous membrane that closes part or sometimes all of the opening of the vagina; maidenhead | [Greek mythology] the god of marriage | ... (23 of 54 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hymen

hymen | hymenal [adjective, related]

the thin mucous membrane that closes part or sometimes all of the opening of the vagina; maidenhead (17 of 34 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hymenal

Oxford Dictionary:

hymen | hymenal [derived]

a membrane which partially closes the opening of the vagina and whose presence is traditionally taken to be a mark of virginity (22 of 53 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/hymen

American Heritage Dictionary:

hymen | Hymen | hymenal [adjective, related]

A membranous fold of tissue that partly or completely occludes the external vaginal orifice. | [Greek mythology] The god of marriage. (20 of 44 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hymen

Merriam-Webster:

hymen | hymenal [adjective, related]

a fold of mucous membrane partly closing the orifice of the vagina (12 of 43 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/hymen

Macmillan British Dictionary:

hymen [countable, medical] | hymens [plural]

the thin piece of skin that covers the entrance to a girl's vagina (=sex organ) (15 of 41 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/hymen

Random House Dictionary:

hymen | Hymen

[anatomy] : a fold of mucous membrane partly closing the external orifice of the vagina in a virgin. | "Hymen" : the ancient Greek god of marriage. (26 of 32 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/hymen

Cambridge Dictionary:

hymen

a thin piece of skin that partly covers the opening to a girl's or woman's vagina and breaks when she has sex for the first time (26 of 31 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/hymen

Wiktionary:

hymen [anatomy] | hymens [plural] | maidenhead [synonym] | virginal membrane [synonym] | virginal membranes [anatomy, plural]

A mucous membrane which completely or partially occludes the vaginal opening in human females. (14 of 25 words, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/hymen

Wikipedia:

Maidenhead
(Coordinates: 51.5217°N 0.7177°W)

a town and unparished area within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, in Berkshire, England. It lies on the River Thames and is situated 25.7 miles west of Charing Cross in London. Maidenhead's name, strictly speaking, refers to the busy ... (41 of 2644 words, 11 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Maidenhead

Maidenhead (disambiguation)

may also refer to: Maidenhead (UK Parliament constituency) | The original name of Lawrenceville, New Jersey | Maiden Head, Somerset, a village in North Somerset, UK | The Maidenhead Locator System | An archaic reference to: the hymen | virginity ... (35 of 116 words, 6 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Maidenhead (disambiguation)

Britannica Encyclopedia:

vagina [anatomy]

canal in female mammals that receives the male reproductive cells, or sperm, and is part of the birth canal during the birth process. In humans, it ... (26 of 444 words, 4 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/621487​/vagina

Columbia Encyclopedia:

reproductive system | Cowper's gland | vas deferens | reproductive systems | penis

in animals, the anatomical organs concerned with production of offspring. In humans and other mammals the female reproductive system produces the ... (21 of 66 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0841566​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

hymen | hymens [plural]

a thin mucous membrane that completely or partially covers the opening of the vagina (14 of 36 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861619523​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

hymen

First use: 1610s | 1580s

Origin: "hymen": from French hymen (16th century), from medical Latin, ... | "Hymen": Greek god of marriage, represented as a youth carrying a torch and a ... (26 of 103 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=hymen

New World Dictionary:

hymen

Origin: Greek hymēn, membrane from Indo-European *syumen-, ligature from base *siw- derives "sew" | Latin from Greek Hymēn: see "hymen"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hymen

hymen

Origin: Greek hymēn, membrane from Indo-European *syumen-, ligature from base *siw- derives "sew"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hymenal

American Heritage Dictionary:

hymen

Origin: Late Latin hymēn, from Greek humēn, thin skin, membrane; see syū- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hymen

Oxford Dictionary:

hymen

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: late Latin from Greek humēn "membrane"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/hymen

Wiktionary:

Hymen [Greek mythology]

Origin: Ancient Greek Ὑμήν (Humen, "Hymen") or Ὑμέναιος (Humenaios, "Hymenaios").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Hymen

hymen [anatomy] | hymens [plural]

Origin: Ancient Greek ὑμήν (humēn, "skin, membrane").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/hymen

Merriam-Webster:

hymen

First use: 1543

Origin: Late Latin, from Greek hymēn membrane

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/hymen

Hymen

First use: 1567

Origin: Latin, from Greek Hymēn

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Collins Dictionary:

hymen | Hymen

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Greek: membrane

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/hymen

Encarta Dictionary:

hymen | hymens [plural]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Directly or via French from late Latin from Greek humēn "membrane"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861619523​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

hymen | Hymen

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "hymen"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/hymen

Macmillan British Dictionary:

hymen [countable, medical] | hymens [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "hymen"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/hymen

Macmillan American Dictionary:

hymen [countable, medical] | hymens [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "hymen"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/hymen

Cambridge Dictionary:

hymen

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "hymen"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "hymen"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/hymen

the Free Dictionary:

Hymen

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "Hymen"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "Hymen"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "Hymen" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/Hymen

Google Dictionary:

hymen | hymens [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "hymen"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

hymen

Audio: North American pronunciation of "hymen"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=hymen​001 word=hymen

YourDictionary Audio:

hymen

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "hymen" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hymen

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