hy·​po·​spa·​di·​as ˌhī-pə-ˈspā-dē-əs How to pronounce hypospadias (audio)
: an abnormality of the penis in which the urethra opens on the undersurface

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Another variation infants can be born with is hypospadias, Stred said. Molly Stellino, USA TODAY, 26 Jan. 2023 These findings may stimulate reflections regarding the relevance of surgical correction of the meatus in minor forms of hypospadias. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 23 June 2017

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Word History


New Latin, from Greek, man with hypospadias, from hypo- + -spadias, from -spad-, -spas something torn, from span to tear, pluck off

First Known Use

circa 1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypospadias was circa 1855

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Cite this Entry

“Hypospadias.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypospadias. Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


hy·​po·​spa·​di·​as ˌhī-pə-ˈspād-ē-əs How to pronounce hypospadias (audio)
: an abnormality of the penis in which the urethra opens on the underside

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