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penis

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noun pe·nis \ˈpē-nəs\

Medical Definition of penis

plural pe·nes \ˈpē-(ˌ)nēz\play or pe·nis·es

  1. :  the male erectile copulatory organ of a higher vertebrate animal developing from the genital tubercle that in mammals including humans usually functions as the channel by which urine and semen are discharged from the body and is typically a cylindrical organ that is suspended from the pubic arch, contains a pair of large lateral corpora cavernosa and a smaller ventromedial corpus cavernosum containing the urethra, and has a terminal glans enclosing the ends of the corpora cavernosa, covered by mucous membrane, and sheathed by a foreskin continuous with the skin covering the body of the organ



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