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[glanz] /glænz/
noun, plural glandes
[glan-deez] /ˈglæn diz/ (Show IPA).
the head of the penis (glans penis) or of the clitoris (glans clitoris)
Origin of glans
1640-50; < Latin glāns literally, acorn, beechmast; akin to Greek bálanos Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for glans penis


noun (pl) glandes (ˈɡlændiːz)
(anatomy) any small rounded body or glandlike mass, such as the head of the penis (glans penis)
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: acorn; see gland1
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Word Origin and History for glans penis



1640s, from Latin glans "acorn" (see gland).

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glans penis in Medicine

glans penis n.
The conical expansion of the corpus spongiosum that forms the head of the penis.

glans (glānz)
n. pl. glan·des (glān'dēz)

  1. A conical vascular body forming the distal end of the penis.

  2. A conical vascular body forming the distal end of the clitoris.

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