[ fahy-moh-sis, fi- ]
/ faɪˈmoʊ sɪs, fɪ- /

noun, plural phi·mo·ses [fahy-moh-seez, fi-] /faɪˈmoʊ siz, fɪ-/. Pathology.

constriction of the orifice of the prepuce so as to prevent the foreskin from being drawn back to uncover the glans penis.
a similar condition involving the clitoris.
narrowness of the vagina.


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Origin of phimosis

1665–75; < New Latin phīmōsis < Greek phīmṓsis literally, a muzzling, equivalent to phīmō-, verbid stem of phīmoûn to muzzle + -sis -sis


phi·mot·ic [fahy-mot-ik, fi-] /faɪˈmɒt ɪk, fɪ-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for phimotic

/ (faɪˈməʊsɪs) /


abnormal tightness of the foreskin, preventing its being retracted over the tip of the penis

Word Origin for phimosis

C17: via New Latin from Greek: a muzzling, from phimos a muzzle
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Medical definitions for phimotic (1 of 2)

[ fī-mŏtĭk, fĭ- ]


Relating to phimosis.

Medical definitions for phimotic (2 of 2)

[ fī-mōsĭs, fĭ- ]

n. pl. phi•mo•ses (-sēz)

An abnormal constriction of the foreskin that prevents it from being drawn back to uncover the glans penis.
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