pe·​nile ˈpē-ˌnī(-ə)l How to pronounce penile (audio)
: of, relating to, or affecting the penis

Examples of penile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The team sends people vaginal, penile or anal swabs with instructions to collect samples and mail the swab back to Johns Hopkins for analysis. Sara Reardon, Scientific American, 20 Dec. 2023 Unlike pap smear campaigns for women that catch cervical cancer, no such regular screening test exists for penile, head and neck, or anal cancer. Grace Browne, WIRED, 20 Oct. 2023 Like, seeking controversial penile enlargement treatments and risking their health to do so. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 7 Aug. 2023 But penile fractures can also result from intense trauma, like getting severely injured in a car accident. Julie Stewart, Men's Health, 21 July 2023 To counteract retraction and scarring after removal, some men engage in an elaborate penile rehab regimen. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, 26 June 2023 Vacuum erectile devices or penile implants might also be recommended. Erica Sweeney, Men's Health, 9 June 2023 Uterine fibroids may impede those contractions, leading to pain.11 Risk Factors for Painful Penile Orgasms Physical risk factors for painful penile orgasms include:4 Benign prostate hyperplasia: This causes an enlarged prostate, which occurs with age and causes difficulty urinating. Dr. Roshini Raj, Health, 1 June 2023 The number of people who knew HPV caused oral and penile cancers hovered around 30% that whole time. Angus Chen Reprints, STAT, 20 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of penile was in 1860

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Cite this Entry

“Penile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


pe·​nile ˈpē-ˌnīl How to pronounce penile (audio)
: of, relating to, or affecting the penis
a penile prosthesis
penile lesions
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