labia minora

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labia mi·no·ra

The two thin inner folds of skin within the vestibule of the vagina enclosed within the cleft of the labia majora; nymphae.

[New Latin labia minōra : Latin labia, pl. of labium, lip + Latin minōra, neuter pl. of minor, smaller.]

labia minora

pl n
(Anatomy) the two small inner folds of skin in human females forming the margins of the vaginal orifice
[C18: New Latin: smaller lips]

la•bi•a mi•no•ra

(ˈleɪ bi ə mɪˈnɔr ə, -ˈnoʊr ə)

sing. la•bi•um mi•nus (ˈleɪ bi əm ˈmaɪ nəs)
the inner folds of skin of the external female genitalia.
[1830–40; < New Latin: smaller lips]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.labia minora - the two inner folds of the vulva
vulva - external parts of the female genitalia
labium - a liplike structure that bounds a bodily orifice (especially any of the four labiate folds of a woman's vulva)
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