noun[mass noun] Medicine
Inflammation of the glans penis.
- Circinate balanitis, a painless erythematous lesion of the glans penis, is present in about 20 percent of male patients with reactive arthritis.
- The medical name for redness and soreness of the glans is balanitis.
- In the case of balanitis, which is inflammation of the glans of the penis, circumcision was recommended to avoid repeated infection.
Mid 19th century: from Greek balanos 'glans penis' (literally 'acorn') + -itis.
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