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Foreskin of a human penis.jpg
Foreskin pairtially retractit ower the glans penis, wi a ridged band veesible at the end o the foreskin
PrecursorGenital tubercle, urogenital folds
ArteryDorsal artery o the penis
VeinDorsal veins o the penis
NerveDorsal nerve o the penis
Anatomical terminology

In male human anatomy, the foreskin is the dooble-layered fauld o smuith muscle tishie, bluid veshels, neurons, skin, an mucous membrane pairt o the penis that kivers an pertects the glans penis an the urinar meatus. It is an aw descrived as the prepuce, a technically braider term that an aw includes the clitoral huid in weemen, tae that the foreskin is embryonically homologous. The heichly innervatit mucocutaneous zone o the penis occurs near the tip o the foreskin. The foreskin is mobile, fairly stretchable, an acts as a naitural lubricant.

The foreskin o adults is teepically retractable ower the glans. Kiverage o the glans in a flaccid an erect state varies dependin on foreskin lenth. The foreskin is attached tae the glans at birth an is generally nae retractable in infancy. Inabeelity tae retract the foreskin in bairnheid shoud nae be conseedert a problem unless thare are ither symptoms.[1]

The Warld Heal Organisation debates the precise functions o the foreskin, that mey include "keepin the glans moist, pertectin the developin penis in utero, or enhancin sexual pleisur due tae the presence o nerve receptors".[2]

The foreskin mey acome subject tae a nummer o pathological condeetions.[3] Maist condeetions are rare, an easily treated. In some cases, pairteecularly wi chronic condeetions, treatment mey include circumcision, a procedur whaur the foreskin is pairtially or completely remuived.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "Phimosis (tight foreskin)". NHS Choices. 26 August 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  2. "Male circumcision: Global trends and determinants of prevalence, safety and acceptability" (PDF). World Health Organization. 2007.
  3. Manu Shah (January 2008). The Male Genitalia: A Clinician's Guide to Skin Problems and Sexually Transmitted Infections. Radcliffe Publishing. pp. 37–. ISBN 978-1-84619-040-7.