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The fornices of the vagina (SG: fornix of the vagina or fornix vaginae) are the superior portions of the vagina, extending into the recesses created by the vaginal portion of cervix. The word fornix is Latin for 'arch'.
There are four named fornices (two primary) according to their anatomical position:
- The posterior fornix is the larger recess, behind the cervix. It is close to the recto-uterine pouch.
- There are three smaller recesses in front and at the sides:
- the anterior fornix is close to the vesico-uterine pouch.
- the two lateral fornices.
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