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phimosis

Line breaks: phi|mo¦sis
Pronunciation: /fʌɪˈməʊsɪs
 
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Definition of phimosis in English:

noun

[mass noun] Medicine
A congenital narrowing of the opening of the foreskin so that it cannot be retracted.
Example sentences
  • Circumcision will prevent several conditions that cause an accumulation of fluid and swelling around the foreskin and glans, as well as a problem known as phimosis, which is the inability to retract the foreskin.
  • Paraphimosis must be distinguished from phimosis, a nonemergency condition in which the foreskin cannot be pulled back.
  • If you have phimosis and you keep getting repeat attacks of balanitis, then circumcision (removal of the foreskin) may be considered.

Origin

late 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek, literally 'muzzling'.

Derivatives

phimotic

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈmɒtɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • This site discusses phimosis in its specific forms of phimotic ring, frenulum breve, adhesions or skinbridges.
  • On an uncircumcized penis (only), a phimotic ring is a hardened, calloused or keratinized ring at the end (tip) of the foreskin.

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