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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 11/19/2015

Updated by: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.