Definition of hypospadias in English:


Pronunciation /ˌhīpəˈspādēəs/ /ˌhaɪpəˈspeɪdiəs/ /ˌhipəˈspādēəs/ /ˌhɪpəˈspeɪdiəs/


  • A congenital condition in males in which the opening of the urethra is on the underside of the penis.

    ‘The incidence of asthma is up, as is hypospadias - a congenital shortening of the urethra in males.’
    • ‘The foreskin on a penis with hypospadias is also abnormal.’
    • ‘In boys with hypospadias, the opening is on the under surface of penis and so the urine is directed down towards their feet.’
    • ‘Twenty parents whose male children were admitted for elective hypospadias repair procedures were interviewed using a qualitative approach.’
    • ‘In children with hypospadias, urine exits from the hole on the under surface of penis.’


Early 19th century from Greek hupospadias ‘person having hypospadias’, apparently from hypo- + span ‘to draw’.