fore·​skin | \ ˈfȯr-ˌskin How to pronounce foreskin (audio) \

Definition of foreskin

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

called also prepuce

Examples of foreskin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are descriptions of foreskin and Popeye-like forearms. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 12 Apr. 2022 The foreskin can be a source of multiple medical problems in older men, thus justifying later-in-life circumcision. The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 But parts of the remaining redundant foreskin were inflamed and, along with the termini of the erstwhile skin bridge, covered in what looked like a dense layer of Eastern European soot. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 Some Jewish scholars thought that uncircumcised men would prove too irresistible for Jewish women, and that men without a foreskin would not be led into constant temptation. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 An uncircumcised infant’s foreskin is naturally tight, but will relax as the child grows. Susan Reslewic Keatley, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020 In places where the disease is common and treatment is patchy, removing foreskins can be a cost-effective way to fight it. The Economist, 16 Nov. 2019 The foreskin is then processed, packaged, and sold as a high-end anti-aging cream. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, 14 Aug. 2019 Jesse’s vampire friend Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) is captured and tortured by having his foreskin repeatedly removed. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, 14 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of foreskin

1530, in the meaning defined above

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fore·​skin | \ -ˌskin How to pronounce foreskin (audio) \

Medical Definition of foreskin

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

called also prepuce

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