Fornix vaginae

The fornix of the vagina refers to 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 vaginae is also known as the fornix uteri (the uterine fornix). In anatomy, a vaultlike or arched structure. "Fornix" is the Latin word for "vault or arch." A fornix may be anywhere in the body. The fornix in the brain is a fibrous arching band connecting the two lobes of the cerebrum. The fornix conjunctivae refers to loose arching folds connecting the conjunctival membrane lining the inside of the eyelid with the conjunctival membrane covering the eyeball. ("Fornix" is closely related to "fornication." It seems that prostitutes in ancient Rome used to hang out under the arches of certain public buildings. The act of carrying on an illicit sexual relationship consequently came to be called "going under the arches": fornication.)

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[TA] the recess formed between the vaginal wall and the vaginal part of the cervix; sometimes subdivided into anterior (pars anterior fornicis vaginae), posterior (pars posterior fornicis vaginae), and lateral (pars lateralis fornicis vaginae) fornices, depending on the relation of the recess to the wall of the vagina. Called also vaginal vault.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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