Circumcision Glossary of Terms

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Anesthetic: A substance that causes lack of feeling or awareness, dulling pain to permit s...

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Cancer: An abnormal growth of cells which tend to proliferate in an uncontrolled way and, ...

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Circumcision: Surgery that removes the foreskin (the loose tissue) covering the glans of t...

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Discharge: 1.The flow of fluid from part of the body, such as from the nose or vag...

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Emergency department: The department of a hospital responsible for the provision of medica...

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Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 F (37...

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Foreskin: The fold of skin which covers the head (the glans) of the penis. Also called th...

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Glans: 1) The glans penis, the rounded head of the penis. 2) The rounded head of the clit...

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Hygiene: The science of preventive medicine and the preservation of health. Also commonly ...

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Incision: A cut through skin or other tissue performed by a health care professional.

Infant: A young baby, from birth to 12 months of age.

Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Ointment: An oil-based preparation that is applied to the skin. Whereas an ointment has an...

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Paraphimosis: An emergency condition in which the foreskin of the penis, once retracted, c...

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Penis: The external male sex organ. The penis contains two chambers, the corpora cavernosa...

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Phimosis: A condition in which the foreskin of the penis is too tight to be pulled back to...

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Pus: A thick, whitish-yellow fluid that results from the accumulation of white blood cells...

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Surgery: The branch of medicine that employs operations in the treatment of disease or inj...

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Urinary: Having to do with the function or anatomy of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or ur...

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Urinary tract: The organs of the body that produce, store, and discharge urine. These orga...

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Urine: Liquid waste produced by the kidneys. Urine is a clear, transparent fluid that norm...

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