Medical Definition of Vaginal fornix

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Vaginal fornix: 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.

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Reviewed on 12/27/2018

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