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- n. The inflammation of the foreskin, or prepuce, of the human penis, characterised by swelling and redness on the skin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Inflammation of the prepuce.
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- n. inflammation of the foreskin of the penis; usually caused by bacterial infection
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Among the local causes lie mentions phimosis, paraphimosis, and balano-posthitis.
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.
In this manner a simple elongation of the prepuce will produce an inflammation of the surface of the glans (balanitis), or that of the prepuce itself (posthitis), or the two conjoined (balano-posthitis), complicated possibly with phimosis.
In these, the distension of the prepuce and the resulting balano-posthitis is at times a source of great distress, and at times the resulting engorgement produces a retention of urine.
Acquired phimosis has been mentioned as a result of inflammatory lotion, such as is connected with balano-posthitis; it sometimes happens that, the act of coitus being done forcibly, especially with public women, who are apt to use very astringent and constricting washes, the prepuce becomes injured, with the result of producing a phimosis.