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Labia minora

Dr Daniel J Bell et al.

The labia minora (singular: labium minus) are small glabrous cutaneous folds lying between and just superior to the labia majora. At their posterior margin the labia may be conjoined by a thin cutaneous fold of skin, the frenulum of the labia (also known as the fourchette or posterior commissure of the labia minora). 

At their anterior margin the labia minora envelop the clitoris. Anterior to the clitoris the labia form the prepuce of the clitoris and posterior to the clitoris the labia form the frenulum of the clitoris. The vestibule of the vulva lies between the labia.

Multiple sebaceous glands are found on the apposing surfaces of the labia minora.

Anatomy: Abdominopelvic

Anatomy: Abdominopelvic

Article information

rID: 61243
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Posterior commissure of the labia minora
  • Frenulum of the labia
  • Fourchette
  • Labium minus

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