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[fahy-moh-sis, fi-]
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noun, plural phi·mo·ses [fahy-moh-seez, fi-] /faɪˈmoʊ siz, fɪ-/. Pathology.
  1. constriction of the orifice of the prepuce so as to prevent the foreskin from being drawn back to uncover the glans penis.
  2. a similar condition involving the clitoris.
  3. narrowness of the vagina.

Origin of phimosis

1665–75; < New Latin phīmōsis < Greek phīmṓsis literally, a muzzling, equivalent to phīmō-, verbid stem of phīmoûn to muzzle + -sis -sis
Related formsphi·mot·ic [fahy-mot-ik, fi-] /faɪˈmɒt ɪk, fɪ-/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for phimosis

Historical Examples

  • It is said to be caused by phimosis, and to be cured by circumcision.

    The Nervous Child

    Hector Charles Cameron

  • A remedy which is almost always successful in small boys is circumcision, especially when there is any degree of phimosis.

  • Phimosis is an ancient attendant on our inheritance of the prepuce, we being, in fact, born with it; this is the rule.

  • The word or term “phimosis” is derived from two Greek roots, signifying “string” and “to tighten,” or “to tie with a string.”

  • Another co-existing condition with phimosis, very often found, is a shortening of the frenum.

British Dictionary definitions for phimosis


  1. abnormal tightness of the foreskin, preventing its being retracted over the tip of the penis

Word Origin

C17: via New Latin from Greek: a muzzling, from phimos a muzzle
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Word Origin and History for phimosis


1670s, from Greek phimosis, literally "muzzling," from phimos "a muzzle."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

phimosis in Medicine


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n. pl. phi•mo•ses (-sēz)
  1. An abnormal constriction of the foreskin that prevents it from being drawn back to uncover the glans penis.
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