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Labia

    In the female sex organs the outside lips (labia majora) and the inside lips (labia minora) that converge to cover the clitoris with the clitoral hood. Singular: labium.

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Female
The traditional definition of female was "an individual of the sex that bears young" or "that produces ova or eggs". However, things are not so simple today. Female can be defined by physical appearance, by chromosome constitution (see Female chromosome complement), or by gender identification. Female chromosome complement: The large majority of females have a 46, XX chromosome complement (46 chromosomes including two X chromosomes). A minority of females have other chromosome constitutions such as 45,X (45 chromosomes including only one X chromosome) and 47,XXX (47 chromosomes including three X chromosomes).

Clitoris
The small, hooded organ (the clitoral glans) at the top of the cleft of the female vulva, which is the counterpart of the penis in the male [from Greek, kleitoris, clitoris]. Usually only the glans of the clitoris is externally visible. In the human female the body of the clitoris extends internally on either side of the vulva and vestibule. In total the clitoris is about 80 percent the size of the male penis.

Clitoral
Pertaining to the clitoris, the small elongated erectile body in the female homologous with the penis in the male.



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Labid
Labid is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): theophylline.

Labile affect
An affect type that indicates abnormal sudden rapid shifts in affect.

Labioscrotal
Formed and looking like female labia that, instead of being completely separated, are partially fused to resemble a scrotum; or are like a divided scrotum that resembles labia.



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The light chain of immunoglobulin is a structural feature that occurs in two forms: kappa and lambda.

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Labia

Labioscrotal
Formed and looking like female labia that, instead of being completely separated, are partially fused to resemble a scrotum; or are like a divided scrotum that resembles labia.

Lactation
The secretion of milk from the breasts; the period of suckling the young until weaning.

Lactogenic hormone
The pituitary hormone that stimulates the production of milk from the mammary glands.

Laparotomy
Surgical incision through the flank or loin or, less precisely, the abdominal wall, as for the purpose of exploring the morphology of the internal reproductive organs.

Lekking
A mating ritual, relatively rare among species, in which at the beginning of the mating season males assemble on the mating ground or lek and wait until they are visited by females and selected for mating. 2. A mating ritual, relatively rare among species, in which at the beginning of each mating season males assemble on the same site in the same mating ground or lek and wait to be visited by females and possibly selected for copulation.

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