hymen


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Hy·men

 (hī′mən)
n. Greek Mythology
The god of marriage.

hy·men

 (hī′mən)
n.
A membranous fold of tissue that partly or completely occludes the external vaginal orifice.

[Late Latin hymēn, from Greek humēn, thin skin, membrane; see syū- in Indo-European roots.]

hy′men·al adj.

hymen

(ˈhaɪmɛn)
n
(Anatomy) anatomy a fold of mucous membrane that partly covers the entrance to the vagina and is usually ruptured when sexual intercourse takes place for the first time
[C17: from Greek: membrane]
ˈhymenal adj

Hymen

(ˈhaɪmɛn)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) the Greek and Roman god of marriage

hy•men

(ˈhaɪ mən)

n.
a fold of mucous membrane partly closing the external orifice of the vagina in a virgin.
[1605–15; < Late Latin hymēn < Greek hymḗn skin, membrane, hymen]
hy′men•al, adj.

Hy•men

(ˈhaɪ mən)

n.
the ancient Greek god of marriage.

hy·men

(hī′mən)
A membrane that partly closes the opening of the vagina.

hymen

A perforated membrane that may cover or partly cover the entrance to the vagina.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hymen - (Greek mythology) the god of marriageHymen - (Greek mythology) the god of marriage
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
2.hymen - a fold of tissue that partly covers the entrance to the vagina of a virginhymen - a fold of tissue that partly covers the entrance to the vagina of a virgin
mucosa, mucous membrane - mucus-secreting membrane lining all body cavities or passages that communicate with the exterior
imperforate hymen - hymen that is completely closed so that menstrual blood cannot flow out
Translations
panenská blána
jomfruhindemødommødomshinde
immenkalvo
mergystės plėvė

hymen

[ˈhaɪmen] Nhimen m

hymen

[ˈhaɪmɛn] nhymen m

hymen

nHymen nt (spec), → Jungfernhäutchen nt

hy·men

n. himen, repliegue membranoso que cubre parcialmente la entrada de la vagina.

hymen

n himen m; imperforate — himen imperforado
References in classic literature ?
And used to throw my earthly rest And quiet all away in jest-- I could not love except where Death Was mingling his with Beauty's breath-- Or Hymen, Time, and Destiny, Were stalking between her and me.
Durie posted on the hearthrug in the guise of Hymen's priest.
It is just what I used to say to a certain gentleman in company in the days of courtship, when, because things did not go quite right, did not proceed with all the rapidity which suited his feelings, he was apt to be in despair, and exclaim that he was sure at this rate it would be May before Hymen's saffron robe would be put on for us.
if that worthy sage's advice had only been followed--if I had been brought up to Quadrilles!--if I had only been cast loose on the ballrooms of London, to qualify under Hymen, for a golden degree!
The Aged was likewise occupied in preparing a similar sacrifice for the altar of Hymen. The old gentleman, however, experienced so much difficulty in getting his gloves on, that Wemmick found it necessary to put him with his back against a pillar, and then to get behind the pillar himself and pull away at them, while I for my part held the old gentleman round the waist, that he might present and equal and safe resistance.
R., whose name had not long been enrolled in the lists of Hymen, and who had promised to become so brilliant a leader in the fashionable world, having quitted her husband's roof in company with the well-known and captivating Mr.
To his refinement of manners, they both thought that they could yield the sensitive delicacy of their child with confidence; in his travelled experience they anticipated the permanency of a corrected taste; nor, was it a disagreeable consideration to either, that as the silken cord of paternal discipline was to be loosened, it was to be succeeded by the fetters of hymen cast in polished gold.
Loud rose the cry of Hymen, and the youths danced to the music of flute and lyre, while the women stood each at her house door to see them.
While the Loves and Graces have been preparing this torch for Hymen, which is to be kindled to-morrow, Mr Twemlow has suffered much in his mind.
SHAKESPEARE'S play As You Like It ends with the wedding of four couples, including Rosalind and Orlando, in a ceremony overseen by the God of Marriage, Hymen.
Hymen being constructed at the RSC's Scenic Workshops
See rsc.org.uk Hymen, The God of Marriage, during a performance of As You Like It