- A small mass of erectile tissue situated at the anterior apex of the vestibule.
* * *A cylindric, erectile body, rarely exceeding 2 cm in length, situated at the most anterior portion of the vulva and projecting between the branched limbs or laminae of the labia minora, which form its prepuce and frenulum. It consists of a glans, a corpus, and two crura, and is the homolog of the penis in the male, except that it is not perforated by the urethra and does not possess a corpus spongiosum. [G. kleitoris]
* * *cli·to·ris 'klit-ə-rəs, kli-'tȯr-əs n, pl cli·to·ri·des kli-'tȯr-ə-.dēz a small erectile organ at the anterior or ventral part of the vulva homologous to the peniscli·to·ral 'klit-ə-rəl also cli·tor·ic kli-'tȯr-ik, -'tär- adj
* * *n.the female counterpart of the penis, which contains erectile tissue (see corpus cavernosum) but is unconnected with the urethra. Like the penis it becomes erect under conditions of sexual stimulation, to which it is very sensitive.
* * *clit·o·ris (klitґə-ris) (kliґtə-ris) (klĭ-torґis) [Gr. kleitoris] [TA] a small, elongated, erectile body at the anterior angle of the rima pudendi in the female; it is homologous with the penis in the male. clitoral adj
Medical dictionary. 2011.