labia majora

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labia ma·jo·ra

The two outer rounded folds of adipose tissue that lie on either side of the vaginal opening and form the external lateral boundaries of the vulva.

[New Latin labia māiōra : Latin labia, pl. of labium, lip + Latin māiōra, neuter pl. of māior, larger.]
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labia majora

pl n
(Anatomy) the two elongated outer folds of skin in human females surrounding the vaginal orifice
[C18: New Latin: greater lips]
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la•bi•a ma•jo•ra

(ˈleɪ bi ə məˈdʒɔr ə, -ˈdʒoʊr ə)

sing. la•bi•um ma•jus (ˈleɪ bi əm ˈmeɪ dʒəs)
the outer folds of skin of the external female genitalia.
[1870–75; < New Latin: larger lips]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.labia majora - the two outer 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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In normal histology, the sebaceous glands are predominantly present on the medial surface of the labia majora, regardless of the presence of hair follicles.
The patient in Case 1 underwent biopsy of the left labia majora. Results were consistent with early lichen sclerosus.
Physical examination showed that the patient exhibited predominantly female external genitalia, with normal bilateral labia majora, bilateral labia minora and external opening of urethra under the clitoris.
Transperineal ultrasonography was performed first with post void patient lying supine on an examination couch with the knees and hips in a flexed position and placing the gloved curvilinear transducer on the perineum between the labia majora ensuring to keep the transducer in a sagittal orientation along the direction of vagina.
The statute at issue states: "Whoever knowingly circumcises, excises or infibulates the whole or any part of the labia majora or labia minora or clitoris of another person" under the age of 18 shall be fined or imprisoned for up to five years, or both.
Features of lichen simplex chronicus can include bilateral or unilateral involvement of the labia majora, erythematous plaques with lichenification, hyper- or hypopigmentation, or angulated excoriations and hypertrophy of labia caused by thickened skin, though the signs may be subtle, she said.
Following FGM, epidermoid cysts are mainly seen in the clitoris, labia majora, and labia minora, at various rates according to the type of circumcision (1, 8, 21, 22).
There is absence of hymen; laceration at the labia majora with purulent vaginal discharge.'
On her external genitalia examination, mildly hypoplastic labia majora and prominent labia minora were observed.
However, upon consideration of anatomic variations, Hodgkinson and Hait (1) defined the ideal aesthetic picture of female external genitalia as the one in which the labia minora are small and not larger than the labia majora. The Motakef classification is based on the protrusion of the labia minora that exceeds the size of the labia majora (2).
The surgeries are carried to reduce the labia minora or/and labia majora, the skin folds surrounding the human vulva.