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From fore- + skin.



foreskin ‎(plural foreskins)

  1. The retractable fold of skin encompassing the most nerve-dense tissue in the human male, which naturally covers and protects the head of the penis.
    • And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.  — Genesis 17:14, the Christian Bible.
      In primates, the foreskin is present in the genitalia of both sexes and likely has been present for millions of years of evolution. [1]
      "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 Royal Australasian College of Physicians
    The female clitoral hood is homologous with the foreskin.




foreskin ‎(third-person singular simple present foreskins, present participle foreskinning, simple past and past participle foreskinned)

  1. to remove the foreskin

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    1990, Robert D. Martin, Primate Origins and Evolution: A Phylogenetic Reconstruction, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, ISBN 978-0-691-08565-4: