noun, plural va·gi·nas, va·gi·nae [vuh–jahy-nee] /vəˈdʒaɪ ni/.
- Anatomy, Zoology.
- the passage leading from the uterus to the vulva in certain female mammals.Compare oviduct.
- a sheathlike part or organ.
- Botany. the sheath formed by the basal part of certain leaves where they embrace the stem.
noun plural -nas or -nae (-niː)
- the moist canal in most female mammals, including humans, that extends from the cervix of the uterus to an external opening between the labia minora
- anatomy biology any sheath or sheathlike structure, such as a leaf base that encloses a stem
1680s, from Latin vagina “sheath, scabbard” (plural vaginae), from PIE *wag-ina- (cf. Lithuanian voziu “ro cover with a hollow thing”), from root *wag- “to break, split, bite.” Probably the ancient notion is of a sheath made from a split piece of wood (see sheath). A modern medical word; the Latin word was not used in an anatomical sense in classical times. Anthropological vagina dentata is attested from 1908.
n. pl. va•gi•nas
- The genital canal in the female, leading from the opening of the vulva to the cervix of the uterus.
- A sheathlike anatomical structure.
- The tube-shaped part of the reproductive tract in female mammals that is connected to the uterus at one end and opens to the outside of the body on the other end. The fully developed fetus passes through the vagina during birth.