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hymen

Pronunciation: hi'men

Definition: A thin, membranous fold of highly variable appearance that partly occludes the ostium of the vagina before its rupture (which may occur for a variety of reasons). It is frequently absent (even in virgins), although remnants are commonly present as hymenal caruncula tags.

[G. hymen, membrane]

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