Glans penis

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Glans penis
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Glans penis (dorsal view)
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Glans penis (ventral view)
Synonyms Glans
Pronunciation /ɡlænz/[1]
Artery Urethral artery
Latin Glans penis
TA A09.4.01.007
FMA 18247
Anatomical terminology
Flaccid penis glans

The glans penis (or just glans) is the sensitive tip of the penis. It is also called the "head" of the penis. Slang names include "helmet" and "bell end". When the penis is not circumcised or erect, it is covered by the foreskin.

Diseases[change | change source]

The opening of the urethra is at the tip of the glans. In children who have been circumcised and wear diapers, the opening of the penis has no protection. This can cause the urethra to get very narrow which can need surgery to reopen later.[2]

The epithelium of the glans penis is moist and washing it too much can dry the mucous membrane that covers the glans penis and cause dermatitis.[3]

Anatomy[change | change source]

The glans penis is a cap around the corpus spongiosum. It is attached to the Corpus cavernosum penis and at the tip of the glans is the urethra opening. The foreskin helps keeps the glans moist.[4]

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References[change | change source]

  1. OED 2nd edition, 1989.
  2. Freud, Paul (August 1947). [/library/complications/freud1/ "The ulcerated urethral meatus in male children"]. The Journal of Pediatrics 31 (2): 131–41. doi:10.1016/S0022-3476(47)80098-8. /library/complications/freud1/. Retrieved 2006-07-07. 
  3. Birley, H. D.; M .M. Walker, G. A. Luzzi, R. Bell, D. Taylor-Robinson, M. Byrne & A. M. Renton (October 1993). [/library/disease/balanitis/birley/ "Clinical features and management of recurrent balanitis; association with atopy and genital washing"]. Genitourinary Medicine 69 (5): 400–3. PMID 8244363. /library/disease/balanitis/birley/. 
  4. Szabo, Robert; Roger V. Short (June 2000). [/cgi/content/full/320/7249/1592 "How does male circumcision protect against HIV infection?"]. British Medical Journal 320 (7249): 1592–4. doi:10.1136/bmj.320.7249.1592. PMID 10845974. /cgi/content/full/320/7249/1592. Retrieved 2006-07-07. 

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