fore·​skin | \ ˈfȯr-ˌskin \

Definition of foreskin

: a fold of skin that covers the glans of the penis

called also prepuce

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Since babies are born with their foreskins intact, uncircumcised penises are actually the biological default. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "11 Things Everyone Should Know About Uncircumcised Penises," 29 Dec. 2018 The team take specimens of brain, spinal cord, lungs, heart, kidneys, liver, spleen, muscle, bone marrow, adrenal glands, thyroid, lymph nodes, genital-tract tissues, foreskin and intestine. The Economist, "HIV+ volunteers are bequeathing their organs to a new project," 31 May 2018 The first few all involving making sure my face is super-clean — all the better to, counterintuitively, dirty it up later with Korean baby foreskin — go figure. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "I Tried The ‘Penis Facial’," 16 May 2018 The foreskin is collected during circumcision, at which point the stem cells are extracted through a centrifuge. Maria Del Russo, Glamour, "I Got a $650 'Penis Facial,' and My Skin Has Never Looked Better," 4 May 2018 Before the foreskin serum is applied, Louise preps skin with peels, a micro-needling wand, and an electrifying mask. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett’s Skin-Care Secret Is Penis Facials," 14 Mar. 2018 Bloodstained Men & Their Friends is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving victims of genital cutting a voice and educating Americans about the harms of infant circumcision and the importance of the foreskin. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Men with red-stained crotches will protest circumcision in Charlotte this weekend | Charlotte Observer," 23 Mar. 2018 The growth factor used in this case is foreskin — harvested and extracted from the stem cells of a Korean newborn's circumcised foreskin. Samantha Sasso,, "The Secret To Cate Blanchett's Glowing Skin Is X-Rated," 14 Mar. 2018 Wanking, at the time, was linked to a whole host of ailments, including epilepsy and insanity, and cutting off the super-sensitive foreskin was designed to prevent them. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "The World Is Better Than Ever. Why Are We Miserable?," 9 Mar. 2018

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1530, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of foreskin

: a fold of skin that covers the end of the penis


fore·​skin | \ -ˌskin \

Medical Definition of foreskin

: a retractable fold of skin that covers the glans of the penis

called also prepuce

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