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Definition of Penis, inflammation of the head of the

Penis, inflammation of the head of the: Inflammation of the rounded head (the glans) of the penis is called balanitis.

In the uncircumcised male, balanitis and posthitis (inflammation of the foreskin) usually occur together as balanoposthitis: inflammation of both the glans and foreskin.

Circumcision prevents balanoposthitis. Without a foreskin, there can of course be no posthitis and hence no balanoposthitis.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=7693
Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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