A flap of tissue over the entrance to the vagina that breaks when a girl has sex for the first time is an example of a hymen.
Origin of hymenClassical Greek hym?n, membrane from Indo-European an unverified form syumen-, ligature from base an unverified form siw- from source sew
- Gr. Myth. the god of marriage
- [h-]Old Poet. a wedding song or poem
Origin of HymenClassical Latin from Classical Greek Hym?n: see hymen
Origin of hymenLate Latin hymēn from Greek humēn thin skin, membrane ; see syū- in Indo-European roots.
- (anatomy) A mucous membrane which completely or partially occludes the vaginal opening in human females.
From French hymen, from Ancient Greek ὑμήν (humēn, “skin, membrane”).
- (Greek mythology) The god of marriage and marriage ceremonies.
From Ancient Greek Ὑμήν (Humen, “Hymen”) or Ὑμέναιος (Humenaios, “Hymenaios”).