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dyspareunia Syllabification: dys·pa·reu·ni·a
Pronunciation: /ˌdispəˈro͞onēə/

Definition of dyspareunia in English:


Difficult or painful sexual intercourse.
Example sentences
  • Inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome may cause dyspareunia, but they are more often associated with other diagnoses of chronic pelvic pain.
  • More than 40 percent of patients with colostomy report sexual problems such as dyspareunia or erectile dysfunction.
  • The earliest manifestations of dyspareunia occur with sexual contact, but the symptoms then increase to the point that the pain interferes with nonsexual activities.


Late 19th century: from dys- 'difficult' + Greek pareunos 'lying with'.

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