Vocabulary List

It can be hard to remember all the terms you need to know about anatomy and identity. We're here to help -- here's a list of important terms and what they mean.

 

Visit the corresponding pages for each section for more detailed explanations, including diagrams and visuals.

Cervix

Lower portion of the uterus that connects the vagina with the main body of the uterus and acts as a gateway between them. 

Clitoris

Located under the fold of skin called the clitoral hood. It is very sensitive to touch: stimulating the clitoris can result in an orgasm.​

Discharge

Any liquid or mucus that comes from a vagina or penis.

Genital

Refers to penis or vagina and the areas around them.

Infertility

Inability to get pregnant.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Infections in the female reproductive parts (ex. uterus, ovaries).

Penis

External organ of the male reproductive system. Primary functions are sexual intercourse and urination.

Preterm Birth

Having a baby too early -- referred to as a "preemie baby."

Prostate

Largest gland in the male reproductive system. Produces secretion that makes up semen and assists with sexual pleasure.​

Scrotum

Loose pouch-like sac of skin that hangs behind the penis and that holds the testicles. 

Testicle

Produces sperm and hormones. 

Uterus

A thick muscular organ that can expand to accommodate a growing fetus (baby).

Vagina (vaginal canal)

A tube made of tissue and muscle that connects the cervix to the outside of the body for XX ("female") anatomy. Main functions include menstruation, sex, and childbirth.

Vulva

The outside part of XX ("female") genitals or private parts.

XX

Refers to anatomy that is categorized as "female" at birth. 

XY

Refers to anatomy that is categorized as "male" at birth. ​