The anterior (front) and posterior (back) recesses into which the upper vagina is divided. These vaultlike recesses are formed by protrusion of the cervix into the vagina. The fornix uteri is also known as the fornix vaginae (or the vaginal fornices) and the uterine fornices.
The fornix of the vagina in medical Latin is the fornix vaginae. The fornix vaginae is also known as the fornix uteri (the uterine fornix).
In anatomy, a fornix is a vaultlike or arched structure. Fornix is the Latin word for vault or arch.
- Vaginal hysterectomy
Removal of the uterus through a surgical incision made within the vagina. With a vaginal hysterectomy, the scar is not outwardly visible. A vaginal hysterectomy is as opposed to an abdominal hysterectomy in which the incision is made in the abdominal wall.
- Vaginal introitus
The vaginal opening is called the introitus of the vagina. The Latin word “introitus” comes from “intro”, into, within + “ire”, to go = to go into. In anatomy, an introitus is thus an entrance, one that goes into a canal or hollow organ such as the vagina. The vagina is a muscular canal extending […]
- Vaginal membrane
A thin membrane which completely or partially occludes the vaginal opening. This fold of mucous membrane is usually present at birth at the orifice of the vagina. It is also called the hymen, a Greek word meaning “skin” or “membrane.” The ancient Greeks applied the word “hymen” to all kinds of membranes including, for example, […]
- Vaginal opening
The exterior opening to the vagina, the muscular canal that extends from the cervix to the outside of the female body. Also called vaginal introitus and vaginal vestibule.
- Vaginal spermicide
A vaginal spermicide is a substance that will kill sperm in the vagina. Vaginal spermicides are available in foam, cream, jelly, film, suppository, or tablet forms. All types contain a sperm-killing chemical. Studies have not produced definitive data on the efficacy of spermicides used alone (without a diaphragm or cervical cap) but research suggests the […]