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vaginismus Syllabification: vag·i·nis·mus
Pronunciation: /ˌvajəˈnizməs/

Definition of vaginismus in English:


Painful spasmodic contraction of the vagina in response to physical contact or pressure (especially in sexual intercourse).
Example sentences
  • As stated earlier, in the majority of cases, vaginismus is a physical response as a result of emotional factors.
  • Another common complaint was painful intercourse because of vaginal dryness and vaginismus.
  • Women with vaginismus may seek sexual contact and sexual play as long as vaginal penetration is avoided.


Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Latin vagina (see vagina).

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