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glans

[glanz]
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noun, plural glan·des [glan-deez] /ˈglæn diz/. Anatomy.
  1. the head of the penis (glans penis) or of the clitoris (glans clitoris).
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Origin of glans

1640–50; < Latin glāns literally, acorn, beechmast; akin to Greek bálanos
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Historical Examples

  • The prepuce is often too narrow so that it cannot be withdrawn behind the glans.

    The Sexual Question

    August Forel

  • The glans is covered and the prepuce is lined by mucous membrane.

  • And then those dreams Glans face became serious for a moment.

    Knock Three Times!

    Marion St. John Webb

  • Hes a kind of cousin of Glans father, dearies, observed Aunt Janet.

    Knock Three Times!

    Marion St. John Webb

  • You ought to be ashamed of yourself, she said, shaking her head at Glans father.

    Knock Three Times!

    Marion St. John Webb


British Dictionary definitions for glans

glans

noun plural glandes (ˈɡlændiːz)
  1. anatomy any small rounded body or glandlike mass, such as the head of the penis (glans penis)
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin: acorn; see gland 1
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Word Origin and History for glans

n.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

glans in Medicine

glans

(glănz)
n. pl. glan•des (glăndēz)
  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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