smegma

[ smeg-muh ]
/ ˈsmɛg mə /

noun

a thick, cheeselike, sebaceous secretion that collects beneath the foreskin or around the clitoris.

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Origin of smegma

1810–20; <Latin <Greek smêgma unguent, soap, cleansing medicine
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British Dictionary definitions for smegma

smegma
/ (ˈsmɛɡmə) /

noun

physiol a whitish sebaceous secretion that accumulates beneath the prepuce

Word Origin for smegma

C19: via Latin from Greek smēgma detergent, from smekhein to wash
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Medical definitions for smegma

smegma
[ smĕgmə ]

n.

A sebaceous secretion, especially the whitish cheesy secretion that collects under the prepuce of the penis or around the clitoris.
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