Definition of vaginismus in English:


Line breaks: vagin|ismus
Pronunciation: /ˌvadʒɪˈnɪzməs


[mass noun]
  • Painful spasmodic contraction of the vagina in response to physical contact or pressure, especially during sexual intercourse.
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    • 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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