Meaning of phimosis in English:


Pronunciation /fʌɪˈməʊsɪs/


mass nounMedicine
  • A congenital narrowing of the opening of the foreskin so that it cannot be retracted.

    ‘Circumcision will prevent several conditions that cause an accumulation of fluid and swelling around the foreskin and glans, as well as a problem known as phimosis, which is the inability to retract the foreskin.’
    • ‘Paraphimosis must be distinguished from phimosis, a nonemergency condition in which the foreskin cannot be pulled back.’
    • ‘If you have phimosis and you keep getting repeat attacks of balanitis, then circumcision (removal of the foreskin) may be considered.’
    • ‘Some doctors are prescribing steroid creams for phimosis, but this is unnecessary in children, since the foreskin does not need to be retractable in young boys.’
    • ‘Excessive retraction can also damage the skin leading to scarring and real phimosis.’


Late 17th century modern Latin, from Greek, literally ‘muzzling’.