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(hī`mən) or


(hīmənē`əs), in Greek mythology, personification of marriage, represented as a beautiful youth carrying a bridal torch and wearing a veil.


A mucous membrane partly closing off the vaginal orifice. Also known as maidenhead.


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
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Within a minute, the drainage had ceased, and vaginoscopy was performed, revealing remnants of an imperforate hymen just cranial to the external urethral orifice.
Congenital causes are cervical stenosis, transverse vaginal septum or imperforate hymen.
A partially imperforate hymen, as in this case, may not be diagnosed until a young woman attempts intercourse or until her first gynecologic visit.
In the patient just described, the likely diagnosis is imperforate hymen or transverse vaginal septum due to failed canalization of the vaginal plate.
The differential diagnoses include imperforate hymen, transverse vaginal septum, cervical atresia or absence, or mullerian agenesis.
Out of 7 cases of primary amenorrhoea, 2 had imperforate hymen, 4 had Mullerian agenesis and 1 had Turner's syndrome.
An imperforate hymen may present in infancy but is released only if there is urinary tract or bladder obstruction.
They report the case of a 14-year-old girl who did not know she had a partially imperforate hymen, a condition which apparently led her to insert the tampon into the urethra.