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Foreskin

Foreskin

Overview

The foreskin is also known as the prepuce. It is the loose fold of skin on the head of the penis. The foreskin is the portion of tissue that is removed during circumcision.

Review Date 10/18/2017

Updated by: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.