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A female perineum
A male perineum
SystemMusculoskeletal system
ArteryPerineal artery, dorsal artery o the penis an deep artery o the penis
NervePerineal nerve, posterior scrotal nerves, dorsal nerve o the penis or dorsal nerve o clitoris
LymphPrimarily superficial inguinal lymph nodes
LaitinPerineum, perinaeum
Anatomical terminology

In human anatomy, the perineum (/pɛrəˈnəm/;[1] Late Laitin, frae Greek περίνεος - perineos[2]) is a region o the body includin the perineal /pɛrəˈnəl/ body an surroondin structurs. Thare is some variability in hou the boondaries are defined.[3] Accordin tae some definitions, in females it is locatit atween the vagina an anus an in males atween the scrotum an anus.


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  1. OED 2nd edition, 1989 as /pɛrɪˈniːəm/ and /pɛrɪˈniːəl/.
  2. περίνεος, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
  3. Федеративе Коммиттее он Анатомикал Терминологий (1998). Terminologia anatomica: international anatomical terminology. Thieme. pp. 268–. ISBN 978-3-13-114361-7. Retrieved 25 August 2010.