• synonyms


  1. med inflammation of the glans penis, usually due to infection
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Word Origin for balanitis

from New Latin balanus, from Greek balanos acorn + -itis
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Examples from the Web for balanitis

Historical Examples of balanitis

  • There were no adhesions, but the inner fold of the prepuce had been thickened by balanitis.

    History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present

    Peter Charles Remondino

  • Soft sores are often complicated by phimosis and balanitis, and they frequently lead to infection of the glands in the groin.

    Manual of Surgery

    Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

balanitis in Medicine


  1. Inflammation of the glans penis or glans clitoridis.
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