Share this entry
vulva Line breaks: vulva
Pronunciation: /ˈvʌlvə/

Definition of vulva in English:


1 Anatomy The female external genitals.
Example sentences
  • Lichen planus can affect other parts of the body such as the nails, scalp (causing hair loss) and rarely, the inside of the vulva or oesophagus.
  • Bartholin's duct cysts, the most common cystic growths in the vulva, occur in the labia majora.
  • Two lesions presented as nodules, and 1 presented as a mass; the tumors were located on the eyelid, vulva, and abdomen.
1.1 Zoology The external opening of the vagina or reproductive tract in a female mammal or nematode.
Example sentences
  • The nematode vulva is formed from precursor cells in the ventral epidermis called Pn.p cells.
  • In the examined specimens, it is not possible to directly observe the vulva opening on sternite 6 because it is probably (as with modern dorippids) covered by the abdomen.
  • A developmental process studied in great detail is the development of the vulva, the egg-laying structure of nematodes.


Pronunciation: /ˈvʌlvəl/
Example sentences
  • Gynaecological cancers - cervical, ovarian, endometrial and vulval - are the most common type to hit women under 35.
  • The most extreme form of female circumcision, infibulation, involves the complete removal of the vulval tissue including the clitoris and the labia.
  • Some people in this area who deal in student health and women's health say that the current epidemic of G strings, is making cystitis worse by causing irritation to the vulval area and making spread of these organisms more likely.
Example sentences
  • Women with a history of vulvar disease should examine themselves more often, perhaps every two weeks.
  • The physical examination may reproduce the pain, such as localized pain with vulvar vestibulitis, when the vagina is touched with a cotton swab.
  • Because the Bartholin's glands usually shrink during menopause, a vulvar growth in a postmenopausal woman should be evaluated for malignancy.


Late Middle English: from Latin, literally 'womb'.

Definition of vulva in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

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

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources