Sign In

Remember Me


A service of the National Library of Medicine.

Resource Library

Powered by Dorland's Medical Dictionary for Healthcare Consumers

This information is provided by an independent source. Merck & Co., Inc. is not responsible for this content. Please discuss any and all treatment options with your healthcare professional. The manufacturer of a product generally has the most complete information about that product.
Return to Main Index >> How to Use  

Dorland Logo
A |  B |  C |  D |  E |  F |  G |  H |  I |  J |  K |  L |  M |  N |  O |  P |  Q |  R |  S |  T |  U |  V |  W |  X |  Y |  Z

vulva (vәl´vә)   the external genital organs in the female. Two pairs of skin folds protect the vaginal opening, one on each side. The larger outer folds are the labia majora pudendi and the more delicate inner folds are the labia minora pudendi. In a virgin, a thin membrane called the hymen usually partially covers the opening of the vagina; it is normally well perforated and permits the menstrual flow. The upper or forward ends of the labia minora join around the clitoris, a small projection that is composed of erectile tissue like the male penis and has erotic functions. The opening of the urethra, which empties urine from the bladder, lies between the clitoris and the vagina. See also female reproductive organs. adj., vul´val, vul´var., adj.

Elsevier Logo
Copyright 2007. An Elsevier publication. All rights reserved.
Click here for important legal information about Dorland's Medical Dictionary.

    Print This Page   Add To My Folder