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External Orifice of Female Urethra
Urogenital System

External Orifice of Female Urethra

Ostium externum urethrae femininae

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Key Features/Anatomical Relations

The external urethral orifice opens below the clitoris and just above the vaginal orifice. The external urethral orifice has slightly raised margins, which are highly distensible and vary in shape. The paraurethral glands (or Skene’s glands) open into the lateral margins of the urethra through paraurethral ducts.


The external urethral orifice allows for urine to be discharged from the urethra.

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