noun Anatomy.

the fold of skin that covers the head of the penis; foreskin.
a similar covering of the clitoris.

Nearby words

  1. prepuberty,
  2. prepubescence,
  3. prepubescent,
  4. prepublication,
  5. prepublish,
  6. prepupa,
  7. preputial,
  8. preputial gland,
  9. preputiotomy,
  10. preputium

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prepuce



the retractable fold of skin covering the tip of the penisNontechnical name: foreskin
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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Medicine definitions for prepuce




A loose fold of skin covering the glans clitoridis.

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