Origin of prepuce

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin praepūtium
Related formspre·pu·tial [pri-pyoo-shuh l] /prɪˈpyu ʃəl/, adjectivesub·pre·pu·tial, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for prepuce


  1. the retractable fold of skin covering the tip of the penisNontechnical name: foreskin
  2. a similar fold of skin covering the tip of the clitoris
Derived Formspreputial (priːˈpjuːʃəl), adjective

Word Origin for prepuce

C14: from Latin praepūtium
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Word Origin and History for prepuce

c.1400, from Old French prepuce, from Latin praeputium "foreskin," possibly from præ- "before" (see pre-) + *putos "penis." Earlier in English as prepucy (late 14c.), directly from Latin.

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prepuce in Medicine


  1. foreskin
  2. A loose fold of skin covering the glans clitoridis.
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