Meaning of vaginal process in English:

vaginal process


  • 1The bony sheath partly surrounding the base of the styloid process of the temporal bone (now rare).

  • 2An outpouching of peritoneum through the inguinal canal, from which the serous membrane (tunica vaginalis) covering the testicle is derived.

  • 3Either of a pair of plates of the sphenoid bone which articulate with the alae (wings) of the vomer.


Early 18th century; earliest use found in Alexander Monro (1697–1767), surgeon and anatomist. After post-classical Latin processus vaginalis.