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epigynum also epigynium (noun; plural epigyna; Greek epi, upon; gyne, woman): (Arthropoda: Chelicerata) 1. A sclerotized structure of certain female spiders and mites, variable in form, covering the genital opening. 2. In mites also referred to as epigynial plate or genital plate.