Labia minora

are two flaps of skin on either side of the human vaginal opening in the vulva

The labia minora, Latin for smaller lips, singular: labium minus "smaller lip", also known as the inner labia, inner lips, vaginal lips or nymphae,[1] are two flaps of skin on either side of the human vagina. It is an opening in the vulva. It is between the labia majora (the Latin for larger lips; also called outer labia, or outer lips).[2]

Labia minora
Labia minora (inner labia) - vertical folds of skin in the very middle of the photo of shaved vulva (external female genitals) between rounded thicker labia majora (the outer labia).
PrecursorUrogenital folds
Latinlabium minus pudendi
Anatomical terminology
Detailed view of a human vulva (with anatomical features described): 1 - Clitoral Hood, 2. Clitoris, 3. Labia majora, 4. Urinary opening, 5. Labia minora, 6. Anus, 7. Vaginal opening, 8. Perineum

The labia minora vary widely in size, color, and shape from individual to individual.

References change

  1. nymphae. Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary. Merriam-Webster, Inc. (accessed: November 24, 2007).
  2. "How the female reproductive system works |". Retrieved 2018-08-13.