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  • n. inflammation of the glans penis

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, inflammation of the glans penis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. inflammation of the head of the penis


From Greek βάλανος (balanos, "acorn") + -itis (Wiktionary)


  • It is normal for a boy's foreskin not to retract fully until he is older, and a small percentage of children will develop an inflammation of the foreskin called balanitis, said Dr. Edmond T.

    The Seattle Times

  • Gravell, who worked as a volunteer for HM Coastguard and the RNLI, argued he had a skin disease called balanitis xerotica obliterans, which made sexual intercourse painful and led to him having no interest in pornography.

    WalesOnline - Home

  • The candida overgrowth may also lead to a penis infection which is referred to as "balanitis" which is an inflammation of the head of the penis.


  • Before the onset of sexual activity, all that neonatal circumcision does is reduce the frequency of UTIs and balanitis.

    The Ethics of Neonatal Circumcision « Gender Across Borders

  • And after seeing all the problems with uncircumcized males during my time working in Africa, (phimosis, paraphimosis, balanitis, cancer) one can see it has advantages, especially in dry climates where dust gets in tender areas ...


  • When a boy gets some trouble with his genital organs, such as phimosis, or balanitis or whatever it may be, he is at once taken to a physician, who institutes the necessary treatment.

    Woman Her Sex and Love Life

  • Physicians prescribe circumcision in certain cases, for instance, to guard against phimosis, balanitis, and other such evils; further,

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • Krafft-Ebing in excluding from the category of sexual paradoxy those cases in which sexual excitement is caused solely by peripheral inflammatory stimuli, balanitis (inflammation of the glans penis), threadworms, and the like.

    The Sexual Life of the Child

  • I have seen one case, also, in which balanitis, irritated by a forced march and the abuse of alcoholic stimulants, passed into gangrene, by which the greater part of the glans was destroyed.

    History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present Moral and Physical Reasons for its Performance

  • In this irritation that the prepuce is liable to cause, we have not only to encounter the dangers that its thickenings or indurations may bring on in their train, in the shape of cancer, gangrene, or hypertrophies, but other and no less serious results are liable to follow a herpetic attack, or in consequence of an attack of balanitis or posthitis.

    History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present Moral and Physical Reasons for its Performance


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