Share this entry

Share this page

perineum

Line breaks: peri|neum
Pronunciation: /ˌpɛrɪˈniːəm
 
/

Definition of perineum in English:

noun (plural perinea)

Anatomy
The area between the anus and the scrotum or vulva.
Example sentences
  • The perineal area includes the pubis, vulva, labia, perineum, anus, and adjacent area, including the inner aspects of the upper third of the thighs.
  • Scrub downward over the vulva and perineum beginning over the pubic area and ending in the anal area; discard the sponge after going over the anus.
  • Although you'll have an anaesthetic when the stitching is done, it can add to the bruising of your vaginal area and perineum.

Origin

late Middle English: from late Latin, from Greek perinaion.

Derivatives

perineal

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The perineal area includes the pubis, vulva, labia, perineum, anus, and adjacent area, including the inner aspects of the upper third of the thighs.
  • Many people mistakenly believe that the abdominal prep should be done before the perineal prep because the abdomen is considered cleaner than the perineum.
  • It produces bizarre symptoms like bladder irritation, urethral or penile pain, perineal pain, lower abdominal pain and low-grade fevers.

Definition of perineum in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day orthoepy
Pronunciation: ôrˈTHōəpē
noun
the correct or accepted pronunciation of words