noun, plural glan·des [glan-deez] /ˈglæn diz/. Anatomy.

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for glans penis


noun plural glandes (ˈɡlændiːz)

anatomy any small rounded body or glandlike mass, such as the head of the penis (glans penis)

Word Origin for glans

C17: from Latin: acorn; see gland 1
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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


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



n. pl. glan•des (glăndēz)

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