foreskin

noun
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 In places where the disease is common and treatment is patchy, removing foreskins can be a cost-effective way to fight it. The Economist, "Free exchange Cost-benefit analyses offend against the notion that life is priceless," 16 Nov. 2019 The foreskin is then processed, packaged, and sold as a high-end anti-aging cream. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Preacher is unwatched, unloved, and doomed — but Tulip O’Hare goes on," 14 Aug. 2019 Jesse’s vampire friend Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) is captured and tortured by having his foreskin repeatedly removed. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Preacher is unwatched, unloved, and doomed — but Tulip O’Hare goes on," 14 Aug. 2019 Smegma, a bodily secretion made up of dead skin cells and oily secretions, settles beneath the foreskin. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "What Is Circumcision? 9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Male Circumcision, but Should," 20 June 2019 Furthermore, Jewish and Muslim males would be born without foreskins. Quanta Magazine, "Can Darwinian Evolution Explain Lamarckism?," 11 May 2017 The crux of the treatment is a fluid containing EGF or epidermal growth factor (FDA-approved), obtained from the progenitor cells of human fibroblasts from Korean newborn baby foreskin. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "I Tried The ‘Penis Facial’," 16 May 2018 Circumcision involves surgically cutting off some or all of a penis’s foreskin. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "11 Things Everyone Should Know About Uncircumcised Penises," 29 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of foreskin

1530, in the meaning defined above

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28 Nov 2019

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“Foreskin.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foreskin. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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More Definitions for foreskin

foreskin

noun
How to pronounce foreskin (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of foreskin

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

foreskin

noun
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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