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vagina Syllabification: va·gi·na
Pronunciation: /vəˈjīnə/

Definition of vagina in English:

noun (plural vaginas or vaginae-nē-nī)

1The muscular tube leading from the external genitals to the cervix of the uterus in women and most female mammals.
Example sentences
  • Gynaecologists often use an instrument called a colposcope to look for any abnormalities in the vulva, cervix and vagina.
  • This exam should include a special exam of the tissues of your vagina and cervix.
  • An instrument called a speculum is used to gently open the vagina so the cervix can be seen.
1.1 Botany & Zoology Any sheathlike structure, especially a sheath formed around a stem by the base of a leaf.


Pronunciation: /ˈvajənl/
Example sentences
  • If ovarian cancer is suspected your GP may do a vaginal and rectal examination to check for lumps.
  • Do you remember the first time you performed a vaginal or a rectal examination?
  • The fleshy area located just above the top of the vaginal opening is called the mons pubis.


Late 17th century: from Latin, literally 'sheath, scabbard', which is also the source of the word vanilla.

  • vanilla from mid 17th century:

    This word for a flavouring is from Spanish vainilla ‘pod’, a diminutive of vaina ‘sheath, pod’, from Latin vagina ‘sheath’, also source of vagina (late 17th century). The spelling change was due to association with French vanille. Since the 1970s the word has been used to mean ‘plain, basic, conventional’ from the popular perception of vanilla as the basic or usual flavour of ice-cream.

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