EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a thick, cheeselike, sebaceous secretion that collects beneath the foreskin or around the clitoris. Origin of smegma 1810–20; < Latin < Greek smêgma unguent, soap, cleansing medicine
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C19: via Latin from Greek
smēgma detergent, from smekhein to wash
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Word Origin and History for smegma n.
sebaceous secretion, 1819, from Latin, from Greek
smegma "a detergent, soap, unguent," from smekhein "to wipe off, wipe clean, cleanse," from PIE root *sme- "to smear" (cf. Czech smetana "cream," and cf. smear (v.)). So called from resemblance; a medical coinage, the word seems not to have been used in its literal Greek sense in English before this. Related: Smegmatic.
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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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