[per-uh-nee-uh m] /ˌpɛr əˈni əm/

noun, plural perinea
[per-uh-nee-uh] /ˌpɛr əˈni ə/ (Show IPA). Anatomy.
the area in front of the anus extending to the fourchette of the vulva in the female and to the scrotum in the male.
the diamond-shaped area corresponding to the outlet of the pelvis, containing the anus and vulva or the roots of the penis.
noun (pl) -nea (-ˈniːə)
the region of the body between the anus and the genital organs, including some of the underlying structures
the nearly diamond-shaped surface of the human trunk between the thighs

“region of the body between the anus and the genital organs” (jocularly called a taint), early 15c., from Medieval Latin perinaeon, Late Latin perineum, from Greek perinaion, perinaios, from peri- “near” (see peri-) + inan “to carry off by evacuation,” of unknown origin.

perineum per·i·ne·um (pěr’ə-nē’əm)
n. pl. per·i·ne·a (-nē’ə)

per’i·ne’al (-nē’əl) adj.
Plural perinea
The region between the scrotum and the anus in males, and between the posterior vulva and the anus in females.


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