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  1. pathol a congenital condition in which the opening of the urethra is situated on the underside of the penis instead of at its tip
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Word Origin

C19: from Greek hupospadias man with hypospadia, from hypo- + spadias, prob from spadōn eunuch
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Examples from the Web for hypospadias

Historical Examples

  • The latter has its origin in a stricture, or in an injury, or in that condition technically known as hypospadias, or in debility.

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hypospadias in Medicine


  1. A developmental anomaly of the urethra in which a part of the urethral canal is open on the undersurface of the penis or on the perineum.
  2. A similar anomaly in which the urethra opens into the vagina.
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Related formshy′po•spadi•ac′ (-ăk′) adj.
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