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.]
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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]
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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]
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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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The labia majora, labia minora, and interlabial cleft are the most frequent sites of presentation.
Loss of labia minora tissue and phimosis of the clitoral hood also are often present in patients with untreated lichen sclerosus.
The patient's mother said that 3 days earlier, she noticed a tear near the child's clitoris and a scab on the labia minora that the mother attributed to minor trauma from scratching.
"Some women have large labia minora, which might not fit in this, but not everything in the word is tailor made to YOUR BODY.
The federal 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.
FGM is classified by the World Health Organization (WHO), and type III (removal of the clitoris and labia minora and narrowing of the vaginal orifice) is the most common procedure performed in some countries (15-17).
Dr Aisha says that reduction of labia minora has increased in popularity and is the most frequently performed vaginal procedure worldwide.
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.
Labial adhesion occurs when the labia minora adhere together resulting in a narrowed vaginal opening or introitus.
Labia majora is involved most commonly and in descending order labia minora, interlabial vestibule, clitoris, posterior fourchette and mons pubis are involved.1,2
The surgeries are carried to reduce the labia minora or/and labia majora, the skin folds surrounding the human vulva.