Origin of hymenClassical Greek hym?n, membrane from Indo-European an unverified form syumen-, ligature from base an unverified form siw- from source sew
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.
- 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”).
- Occasionally the hymen is imperforate and then gives rise to trouble in menstruation.
- The vulva or pudendum comprises all the female external generative organs, and consists of the mons Veneris, labia majora and minora, clitoris, urethral orifice, hymen, bulbs of the vestibule, and glands of Bartholin.
- Solomon, R.A.) in music (Julius Benedict and Frederick Hymen Cowen).
- The hymen is a fold of mucous membrane which surrounds the orifice of the vagina and is usually only seen in the virgin.
- The glands of Bartholin are two oval bodies about half an inch long, lying on each side of the vagina close to its opening; they represent Cowper's glands in the male, and their ducts open by minute orifices between the hymen and the labia minora.