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pudendum Syllabification: pu·den·dum
Pronunciation: /pyo͞oˈdendəm/

Definition of pudendum in English:

noun (plural pudenda-ˈdendə)

(often pudenda)
A person’s external genitals, especially a woman’s.
Example sentences
  • Early anatomists named our genitals the pudenda, which means ‘shame’ in Latin.
  • Sometimes she shields her breasts and pudenda as if she has been startled to find that an onlooker is present, in a pose known as the Venus pudens that paradoxically only draws attention to the parts which are concealed.
  • Now, in the whole north-east of Italy, including Venice, ‘mona’ is a rather obscene word denoting female pudenda, and, not unlike similar words in English, can be used by synecdoche to denote a woman.


Pronunciation: /-ˈdendəl/
Example sentences
  • The pudendal nerve innervates the few striated muscles within the prostatic capsule.
  • The pudendal blood vessels and nerve are seen in the pudendal canal.
  • Cholinergic motor neurons of the pudendal nerve mediate this endpoint, which is associated with the subjective experience of orgasm.
Pronunciation: /ˈpyo͞odik/
Example sentences
  • Her fragmented buttocks and pudenda, they remind me, testify to the intersection between science and the myths about racial difference within the history of knowledge in France, and serve as a ‘pudic’ symbol.
  • The internal pudic artery arises from the smaller of two terminal branches of the anterior trunk of the internal iliac artery.


Mid 17th century: from Latin pudenda (membra) '(parts) to be ashamed of', neuter plural of the gerundive of pudere 'be ashamed'.

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