- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfɔːskɪn/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfɔɹskɪn/
- (rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /ˈfo(ː)ɹskɪn/
- (non-rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /ˈfoəskɪn/
- Hyphenation: fore‧skin
foreskin (plural foreskins)
- The nerve-dense, retractable fold of skin which covers and protects the head of the penis in humans and some other animals.
1990, Robert D. Martin, Primate Origins and Evolution: A Phylogenetic Reconstruction, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, ISBN 978-0-691-08565-4:
In primates, the foreskin is present in the genitalia of both sexes and likely has been present for millions of years of evolution.
- The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
The foreskin has two main functions. Firstly it exists to protect the glans penis. Secondly the foreskin is a primary sensory part of the penis, containing some of the most sensitive areas of the penis.
The female clitoral hood is homologous with the foreskin.
foreskin — see prepuce