- a thick, cheeselike, sebaceous secretion that collects beneath the foreskin or around the clitoris.
Origin of smegma
Examples from the Web for smegma
Of these, the smegma bacillus is the only one likely ever to cause confusion.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis
James Campbell Todd
- physiol a whitish sebaceous secretion that accumulates beneath the prepuce
Word Origin and History for smegma
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.
- A sebaceous secretion, especially the whitish cheesy secretion that collects under the prepuce of the penis or around the clitoris.