- 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
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- 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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1640s, from Latin glans "acorn" (see gland).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The conical expansion of the corpus spongiosum that forms the head of the penis.
- 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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