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Updated February 18, 2010

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Definition: The perineum is the area between the anus and genitalia in men and women.

In men, the perineum is located between the anus and the scrotum.

In women, it is found between the anus the vulva. During childbirth, the perineum is the area where an incision is sometimes made (episiotomy) for an easier delivery.

Also Known As: perineal

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