smegma

noun

smeg·​ma ˈsmeg-mə How to pronounce smegma (audio)
: the secretion of a sebaceous gland
specifically : the cheesy sebaceous matter that collects between the glans penis and the foreskin or around the clitoris and labia minora

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Latin, detergent, soap, from Greek smēgma, from smēchein to wash off, clean

First Known Use

circa 1819, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of smegma was circa 1819

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“Smegma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smegma. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

smegma

noun
smeg·​ma ˈsmeg-mə How to pronounce smegma (audio)
: the secretion of a sebaceous gland
specifically : the cheesy sebaceous matter that collects between the glans penis and the foreskin or around the clitoris and labia minora

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